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Rt completely and not piecemeal in some 'evolution way. ll . in a system, what have to be developed or unfolded on, can usefully complexify this rather stark and mythic II1II*,..... ,"", of emergence. ) The presupposition here is that syn is not a temporal category; and that if diachrony is be considered such a category, it will have revealed itself conceptually subsequent to and dependent on some logi prior notion of synchrony and system. on itself. Each mode of production has its own of temporalities.
47 But who says figuration evokes a failure of representation: a figure is always necessarily a substitute, a second-best, an admission of linguistic and expressive defeat (from which defeat, to be sure, poetic language itself emerges). But I would not want this diagnosis of failure to be understood to entail the additional consequence that all such figurations of subjectiv ity are necessarily false, let alone incorrect (or even untrue). I'm not sure what that could mean in a situation in which there is no literal language and in which every possibility was always figural to begin with.
It will be said that as the thinking of modernity folds back into the attempt to think temporality as such, it comes to encounter all the latter's antinomies and conceptual contradictions. embodied in the proliferation of breaks can begin to appear. oegation which does not, as Engels and Stalin thought, :,overn the future, but rather the past, which it ceaselessly differentiates into ever further others of the other. It is a : rocess that holds fully as much for breaks as for the periods i;dtemselves, which in any case as we have shown turn back ,jmd forth into one another by virtue of the same rhythm.