Chapter

What Is Non-Philosophy?

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EXCERPT

Non-philosophy cannot be born quite in the same way as a philosophy. When philosophers present their doctrine, they invoke a system of questions, influences and autonomous decisions, but also of accomplishments and innovations that conform to the essence or authentic telos of philosophy. There were many influences and decisions at the origin of non-philosophy, and there will be new ones along the way. But they do not determine its essence, nor are they capable of explaining it. Rather than influences, there is firstly a conjuncture reevaluating the essence of philosophy itself, and not just some previous position or other to be contested, extended or completed by the new philosopher. Rather than an original decision, there is the constraint of a discovery—within whose horizon, however, decisions can be grasped in a continuous way…