Sunday, November 3, 2013
No Object #9: Note on Buddhist Thought and Hegel's Sense of Limits
On page 112 of "For they know not what they do", Zizek comments in an attempt at clarifying Hegel's concept of "limits" that the signifier reaches toward the Real and falls short inside the limit of signifying; it always already "goes wrong in relation to itself and the object inscribes itself in the blank opened by this failure." Madhyamaka philosophy says the object is built of three things: causes, relations to/of its parts, and our conceptual apparatus attempting to signify all this at the limit of re-ification. Both angles say the same thing in their tangled idioms: we meet the world in a ground established by our limits at the task of meeting it; this is its existence for us.