By Hassan Melehy
Combining literary idea and historical past with precise textual research, Melehy examines a chain of occasions on the outset of modernity concerning either literature and philosophy. in the course of the paintings of Michel de Montaigne and Rene Descartes, Melehy considers the query of the basis of the human topic, within the context of up to date debates in literature and philosophy. Montaigne, via writing, examines the various probabilities of subjective event, and unearths that the topic takes form in writing. Descartes involves the topic looking for a precept to avoid the uncertainty of language - "I imagine, hence i'm, " the cogito. yet Descartes, Melehy indicates, needs to constantly depend upon literary units, at the houses of language whose results he's so desirous to break out - additionally deploying the units to conceal the truth that they permeate his paintings.
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Additional resources for Writing Cogito: Montaigne, Descartes, and the Institution of the Modern Subject
This text captures us, taking on functions of one of its Germanic translations, a web. It is a transgression of the tyranny of rational discourse—a multiplicity of voices, a writing and a rewriting of texts, a struggle with the cogito, irrationally unyielding in the place of reason.
The text is completely delimited into an institutionally transmissible form. And in this supposition Foucault sees a maintenance of the Cartesian exclusion: the twist of Derrida's philosophical institution reduces to nothing "the question of madness"23—in effect, it returns this question, after Foucault's excavation, to the place where Descartes had enclosed it. I would like to read the paragraph—and to translate it, in order to engage Foucault's strategy—more extensively here. ; but they are mad [amentes], and I would seem [viderer] not a bit less mad [demens] if I were to consider myself according to their example.
It is the purpose of this study to examine the strategies, discernible in Descartes's texts, by which these exclusions are effected, by which the appearance of their success is maintained; and by way of Montaigne, to discover what Descartes found so threatening. I place my own efforts in line with such projects. " 2 In the case of this project, reading Descartes is reading the history of the interpretation and reception of Descartes; and this history is nothing else than the series of marks of the institutional persistence of Descartes.