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The "representation" of crisis and the rhetoric it organizes always have at least this purpose: to determine, so as to limit it, a more serious and more formless threat, one which is, in fact, faceless and normless. A monstrous threat but one that holds some desire in suspense: a threat to desire. By de termining it as crisis, one tames it, domesticates it, neutralizes it-in short, one economizes it. One appropriates the Thing, the unthinkable becomes the unknown to be known, one begins to give it form, one begins to inform, master, calculate, program.
52 N E G O T I AT I O N S and the prescription, the fact and the right. And is God: at once creator of nature and judge, supreme judge of what is (the state of the world) and of what relates to what ought to be (the rectitude of our intentions) . The instance of judgment, at the level of the supreme j udge, is the last instance for saying the fact and the law. , "coup de force," or more simply, more economically, as the analytic and consequential deployment of a tautol ogy: for this Declaration to have a meaning and an effect, there must be a last instance.
Who could doubt that? If one must try to answer your questions, it is , \:ftrst of all as homage to what this journal has done in that regard, with a � " rigor and dignity that are rather rare, more and more rare. But this is to attempt the impossible-you knew that in advance-and the required brevity does not help matters. Let us sup pose that someone accepts to reply, in fact pretends to reply to some of the questions, even though everyone knows in advance that it is im possible to do them justice under these conditions, especially when their very formulation remains problematic.