The grammatologist least of all can avoid questioning himself about the essence of his object in the form of a question of origin: “What is writing?” means “where and when does writing begin?”

The responses generally come very quickly. They circulate within concepts that are seldom criticised and move within evidence which always seems self-evident. It is around these responses that a typology of and a perspective on the growth of writing are always organised.

All works dealing with the history of writing are composed along the same lines: a philosophical and teleological classification exhausts the critical problems in a few pages; one passes next to an exposition of facts.

We have a contrast between the theoretical fragility of the reconstructions and the historical, archaeological, ethnological, philosophical wealth of information.

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Jake said...

I can’t say I know much about grammatologists’ questioning themselves in public places but, anyway, do you find that you can get bored with the same old hackneyed answers to the problems of life? Do you tend to take the concept of personal enlightenment coaching with a pinch of salt? Do you like to question the accepted wisdom of those persons whom are considered by others to be your intellectual betters? Have you ever wondered why credible street-philosophers never seem to bother to “get down and do it” amid the street scene you’re often an unwilling participant of? Do you truly wish to avoid the daily rants of over opinionated cyber-pundits who aren’t actually fully-fledged street-philosophers found in possession of copious amounts of street cred? Would you then also enjoy reading witty, worldly-wise aphorisms to help pass the time before you drop down dead from over-indulgence in the fine art of easy living? Well, if so, and as in the next few seconds you do have a completely free choice in the matter (if you do decide to decide quickly amidst pressing distractions); then, whatever you do decide to do next, inevitably you may either don’t or you do go to: —maybe simply because you can rather than you just can’t—so, don’t you go and do it just on any old account without thinking about it first…