debates was guilty / innocent was debates

kenneth.mackendrick at kenneth.mackendrick at
Sun Oct 15 08:54:28 PDT 2000

On Sun, 15 Oct 2000 10:33:34 -0500 Carrol Cox <cbcox at> wrote:

> You mean desire delinked from any object of desire? ... Terror ...

The object of desire does not exist, it is imagined - fantasized. Desire is sustained by precisely this imagined object. So desire does not exist apart from the desired object, which does not exist. Truth delinked from practice is terror, right? Truth is the truth of desire, not a corresponding state of affairs between language and reality, since such a perspective assumes that language itself is not part of the objects of reality. The critique of pure desire is the critique of a desire that desires an object which does not exist (which is the foundational point of desire itself). The critique, in other words, is always the critique of material substance, both at it constitutes the subject and as we encounter it objectively.

ideologically inclined, ken

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