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Granel is clearly seeking an entirely new conception of the university’s “poietic/political/ philosophical” role in relation to the forces of global capital, but his appeal to the university’s historical meaning weighs heavily on his words. We see this even in the free Wction that conveys the idea of the kind of work needed to clear the ground for a new conception of the university, as I will try to show shortly. But I want to emphasize immediately that while Granel’s proposals seem caught in the tradition’s hold, he does not fall into A Politics of Thought • 17 the snare of the concept (represented today in different forms of critical theory).
Heidegger approaches the thought of usage most frequently and most overtly from an implicit rethinking of his early thought of the “essential praxis” of the human Dasein. I would suggest, in fact, that “usage” is the term with which he rethinks the relation between physis and techne¯ that so preoccupied him throughout the thirties. And I would add that he is rethinking both praxis 34 • Acts of Engagement and poiesis from the “pragmatics” of usage to which he refers in his Parmenides lectures when he undertakes his analysis of praxis as Handlung.
25 For every performative (at least in the strong sense of this term that Derrida tries to think) proceeds from an originary engagement that is an engagement with language itself—an opening to language that is an opening of language. The performative, as Derrida understands it, is always a linguistic “sendoff,” and it is always accompanied by an afWrmative engagement. 26 Here, in the strictest sense, is what calls for philosophy, for a translation of philosophy, in the events of discourse and practice to which philosophy is now exposed in the current conjuncture.
Claim Of Language: A Case For The Humanities by Christopher Fynsk