Monday, December 25, 2006

When the world withdraws its cooperation

“Languages and practices are corroborated by their continuing “functioning” and “working,” that is, by their successful performance itself. When they fail, the world stops cooperating as expected. Through failure, we experience in practice that the world revokes its readiness to cooperate, and this refusal gives rise the concept of objectivity. The latter extends, on the one hand, to the resistance of a world that is not up to us, that opposes our manipulation on its own terms, and, on the other hand, to the identity of a world shared by everyone. Since in cooperating with the one another, actors mutually presuppose that each refers to the same world from his or her perspective, the world “exits” only in the singular.” (TJ: 255).

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