Fanged Noumena, 175–202

Chapter

Spirit and Teeth

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EXCERPT

A Preliminary Post-Mortem

Spirit (Geist) is stigmatized by a multiple deconstructibility: as a substantialization
of Dasein, an antonym of matter, a correlate of phonic lucidity, or a token of reflexivity, self-presence, pure intelligibility, spontaneity, etc. In the course of its recent history this word has been inflated by Hegel into the cosmic medium of transaction—the super-heated lubricant of global eventuation—and then trafficked to the edge of worthlessness by the culture succeeding him, before finally succumbing to an irreparable marginalization by the scientific advances of experimental and behavioral psychology, neurology, neuroanatomy, cognitive science, cybernetics, artificial intelligence, until it becomes a sentimentalism, a vague peripheralized metaphor, a joke…