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Speaking against number : Heidegger, language and the politics of calculation.

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  • Political Science

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Durham Research Online Deposited in DRO: 27 May 2009 Version of attached file: Published Version Peer-review status of attached file: Peer-reviewed Citation for published item: Elden, Stuart. (2006) ’Speaking against number : Heidegger, language and the politics of calculation.’, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Further information on publisher’s website: http://www.eupjournals.com/book/9780748619818 Publisher’s copyright statement: Additional information: The full-text of chapter 3 is available from DRO: Elden, Stuart. (2006) ’Number: calculative politics’ in ’Speaking against number : Heidegger, language and the politics of calculation.’, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 116-169. Use policy The full-text may be used and/or reproduced, and given to third parties in any format or medium, without prior permission or charge, for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes provided that: • a full bibliographic reference is made to the original source • a link is made to the metadata record in DRO • the full-text is not changed in any way The full-text must not be sold in any format or medium without the formal permission of the copyright holders. Please consult the full DRO policy for further details. Durham University Library, Stockton Road, Durham DH1 3LY, United Kingdom Tel : +44 (0)191 334 3042 — Fax : +44 (0)191 334 2971 http://dro.dur.ac.uk Three - Number: Calculative Politics The Problem of World The essence of man has been decided long ago. Namely, man is an 'organism [or creature, Lebewesen]' and indeed an 'organism' that can invent, build and make use of machines, an organism that can reckon [rechnen] with things, an organism that can put everything whatever into its calculation and computation [Rechnung und Berechnung], into the ratio. Man is the organism with the gift of reason. Therefore, man can demand that everything in the world happen 'logically'. (GAS1, 90-1; see GAS4, 100-1) Aristotle's

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