Collapse Volume I, 245–260


On the Mathematics of Intensity

A Logic of Self-Belonging


‘To be in being’, is to be being according to the mode corresponding to one’s proper singular essence. The term ‘being’ is used out of convenience, for its neutrality, thus indicating no prejudice as to possible different names of being. We will see that the baptism of being is the supreme activity of ontology, which for that reason cannot be ‘first philosophy’, despite the position of Aristotle and of the scholasticism that followed him. This position however differs from that of Levinas…