Deconstruction zone

Precisely what does this mean?

The valuation of order qua meaningful order, rather than order-in-itself, has been thoroughly objectified in the Darwinian worldview. This process of de-contextualization and reification of meaning has ultimately led to the establishment of “dis-order” rather than “this-order”. As a result, Darwinian materialism confronts us with an eradication of meaning from the phenomenological experience of reality. Negative theology however suggests a revaluation of disorder as a necessary precondition of order, as that without which order could not be thought of in an orderly fashion. In that sense, dis-order dissolves into the manifestations of order transcending the materialist realm. Indeed, order becomes only transparent qua order in so far as it is situated against a background of chaos and meaninglessness. This binary opposition between order and dis-order, or between order and that which disrupts order, embodies a central paradox of Darwinian thinking. As Whitehead suggests, reality is not composed of disordered material substances, but as serially-ordered events that are experienced in a subjectively meaningful way.

Answer: Not a damned thing.

(Via Pejman Yousefzadeh.)







3 comments

  1. fillyjonk »

    2 October 2012 · 1:56 pm

    It’s an Emperor’s New Ph.D.

    Because I read it, feel really stupid, and go, “Maybe the person who wrote that is so much smarter than I am.” But I guess they aren’t.

  2. McGehee »

    2 October 2012 · 3:59 pm

    Never assume someone who writes obscurantly is even intelligent in absolute terms, let alone more intelligent than oneself. They are simply practicing the advice, “If you can’t dazzle them with your footwork, baffle them with bullflop.”

  3. nightfly »

    4 October 2012 · 2:36 pm

    “Eradication of meaning,” indeed.

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