Latency and representation

“What was once background and saturated latency has with the energy of thematization been moved over to the side of the represented, the objective, the elaborated and the producible. With the three forms of terror, or iconoclasm and of science, three latency-breaking forces took up position; their effects have brought about the ruining of givens and interpretations pertaining to old lifeworlds. Terror explicates the environment from the aspect of vulnerability; iconoclasm explicates culture from the experience of its parodiability; science explicates first nature from the perspective of its substitutability via prosthetic devices and its ability to be integrated into technical procedures”.

Peter Sloterdijk, Terror From the Air, 2009:107


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