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A note of M. Ponty octubre 19, 2008

Posted by Ravelstein in El Reino de este Mundo.

“What sometimes transforms softness into cruelty and harshness into value, and overturns the precepts of private life is that acts of authority intervene in a certain state of opinion which changes their meaning. They awake an echo which is at times immeasurable. They open or close hidden fissures in the block of general consent, and trigger molecular process which may modify the whole course of events. Or as mirrors set around in a circle transform a slender flame into a fairyland, acts of authority reflected in the constellation of consciousnesses are transfigured, and the reflections of these reflections create an appearance which is the proper place –the truth, in short – of historical action. Power bears a halo about it and its course […] is to fail to see the image it shows to others. So it is a fundamental condition of politics to unfold in the realm of appearance.”[1]

Este es el comienzo de un largo artículo que estoy tratando de escribir. Leo y releo el artículo de M. Ponty. Es maravilloso. Y no puedo dejar de pensar en la 125. ¿Ustedes?



[1] Merleau Ponty, M., “A note on Machiavelli” en Signs, Northwestern University Press, 1992




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