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Adam and Eve, summoned by the snake, seize the apple from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and taste the fall. They find themselves guilty and naked and hide from a god who will damn them both to the mortal and subjugating cultivation of the soil (culture). We are thus already in the very violence of a distance, taking up the form of a political shame. I will be following the way that technique becomes the pharmakon of the privileged being which has broken away from its own nature. In view of a transformative engagement that calls on us, on thought, and on politics, to transgress the passivity of interpreting and of mourning, the necessity a political involvement will have to pass through the dimension of technology.

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Date Posted: 17 November 2016