The meaning of a simple object, or a particular word, is always in the process of change.
Moreover, the significance of a past change can only be appreciated from the future and, of course, that 'future' is itself implicated in a similar process of transformation were it ever to be capable of becoming 'present'. The future is hence not just a future that will become present, but the future that makes all 'presence' possible and also impossible.
There can be no presence-to-self, or self-contained identity, because the 'nature' of our temporal existence is for this type of experience to elude us. According to Derrida, our predominant mode of being is what he will eventually term the messianic...
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