Underlinings (#1)

Meillassoux (here, p.829):

… when you think, you must pass by way of language, and thus you must use a certain number of linguistic units. For example, the declaration ‘I love you’ (in English) has three words, eight letters, five vowels, etc. — it produces a series of implicit numerical counts. But these counts are a matter of pure chance, of a simple dice throw, in regard to the meaning of the phrase. There is no link between the meaning of the phrase ‘I love you’ and the numbers 3, 8, and 5 — no link, that is, apart from a purely chance one. However, what is proper to the poem is precisely to contest this purely chance link between thought and count, by associating the meaning of the verse to the enumeration of the syllables necessary to formulate it. …

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