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6) The paradigm: the search for a model of the fold goes directly through the choice of a material. Would it be paper fold, as the Orient implies, or the fold of fabric, that seems to dominate the Occident? But the point is that the composite materials of the fold (texture) must not conceal the formal element or form of expression . . 9 TRANSCENDENCE FALLS FROM THE SKY 35 The fold is based on an aggregation of monads that produce folds of time, space and movement. The universe is perceived as a corpus of infinite folds and surfaces that twist and weave through compressed time and space.

The name of Descartes, however, deserves an angelological digression that thickens the plot of the story of poetic logic and the Angel’s corpse. Thomas Aquinas writes that the “activity of understanding is wholly nonmaterial . . The act of understanding is not an action of the body or of any bodily energy. Hence to be joined to a body is not of the essence of intellectual being . . Not all intellects are conjoined with bodies; there are some that exist separately, and these we call angels” (Summa Theologiae I, q.

Beneath the general demand for relaxation and appeasement, we hear murmurings of the desire to reinstitute terror and fulfil the phantasm of taking possession of reality. The answer is this: war on totality. 9 But is totality synonymous with entirety? If it were, then poetic logic would be nothing but pathetic nostalgia for a destiny that (apparently) came and passed away. But within the economy of our poetic logic, entirety and totality are not the same thing. Totality has an absolute sense; the total floods everything that exists and reduces the irreducible to an unrepresentable death.

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