A Metaphilosophy of Immanence
Chapter 5 addresses the paradox generated by immanence’s dual sense as both ontological determination of production and historically determinate product, or as both affirmation of what is and creation of the new. It argues that if this dual sense of immanence does not find some manner of mediation, then immanence begins to function transcendently. An articulation of the mediation of immanence is found by drawing on Adorno’s claim that the experience of suffering must become a condition of thought, such that there emerges a zone of nonidentity between the conditioned (historically determinate experience of suffering) and the unconditioned (power to exceed what is given). This proposal is elaborated by way of a concept of metaphilosophy, which makes the expression of pre-existing thought’s complicity in suffering into the condition of possibility for creation.
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