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We know, moreover, what apo­ rias are attendant on any theory of ostension (Wittgen­ stein) , and more generally we can say that if the refer28 .......................................................................................................................... after having selected, decided to forget, to incinerate cold, car­ rying off with him, like my mother doesn't speak my name, the uniqueness, literally, of my sentences if not of each of my words for he keeps words, precisely, French words, he cuts out and circumscribes the words and even concepts but words or con­ cepts do not make sentences and therefore events, and therefore proper names, supposing that sentences are proper names, let's say that they lay claim to be proper names, which words are never supposed to do, and he has decided, by this rigorous cir­ cumcision, to do without my body, the body of my writings to produce, basically, the "logic" or the "grammar," the law of production of every past, present, and why not future statement ent gave direct access to sense, there would be neither sign nor language at all (Frege, Merleau-Ponty) .

We cannot, without begging the question, invoke the referent as an answer: for how are we to be sure of the identity of the referent to which we are referring if we are not sure of the identity of the sign used to refer to it? We know, moreover, what apo­ rias are attendant on any theory of ostension (Wittgen­ stein) , and more generally we can say that if the refer28 .......................................................................................................................... after having selected, decided to forget, to incinerate cold, car­ rying off with him, like my mother doesn't speak my name, the uniqueness, literally, of my sentences if not of each of my words for he keeps words, precisely, French words, he cuts out and circumscribes the words and even concepts but words or con­ cepts do not make sentences and therefore events, and therefore proper names, supposing that sentences are proper names, let's say that they lay claim to be proper names, which words are never supposed to do, and he has decided, by this rigorous cir­ cumcision, to do without my body, the body of my writings to produce, basically, the "logic" or the "grammar," the law of production of every past, present, and why not future statement ent gave direct access to sense, there would be neither sign nor language at all (Frege, Merleau-Ponty) .

In prayer, tears and the imminence at every moment of their survival, terminable survival from which "I see myself live" translates "I see myself die," I see myself dead cut from you in your memories that I love and I weep like my own children at the edge of my grave, I weep not only for my children but for all my children, why only you, my children? above, we find that there is no thing, no sign, and no beginning .

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