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Towards an Analysis of The Logomachy of Zos
 
 


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"Wisdom is a stasis: Knowledge is like the "snake of eternity", constantly eating itself and never finishing."


This is the opening epigram of the book. I believe it best to begin commenting on the first statement through a few other epigraphs from the book.

"Wisdom is a stasis: Knowledge is like the "snake of eternity", constantly eating itself and never finishing."

"Our urges are ever ubiquitous, affinities change, and Knowledge becomes redundant."

Finally, one of my favorite quotations...

" Mind, body, ego and all things are formulated from desire; to desire forever..."

The question here is why the ubiquity of our urges and the changes of affinities would have anything to do with knowledge becoming redundant? Generally "Knowledge" is taken to be some sort of internal conscious grasp or representation of some external stable entity. A possible answer is that if mind, body, ego and all things are formulated by desire, the growing, altering, expanding nature of desire gives rise to an every changing, growing, altering mind, body, ego and world. To quote Heraclitus, "Everything flows..." in the continual pulsing flow of constituting desire.
Wisdom, then, is a stasis; a stabilizing of ever flowing desires which, of course, can not last. Note that here I am taking "wisdom", because it is "stasis", to have a negative connotation. I could be wrong. Are Wisdom and Knowledge meant to be equated here?
Notice how Knowledge is pictured here as devouring (itself). Knowledge is generally seen as a "grasping" an "enclosing-representing" and thus a "capturing". Knowledge, in its outward (intentional) stretch beyond itself is a form of Desire. Knowledge is born of the desire of consciousness to devour (grasp) the world. It is this desire, though, which actually constitutes both consciousness and world, and so knowledge, continually driven by its desirous nature, is constantly forcing itself into redundancy and devouring itself. Desire creates both the drive to know the world and the changing unknowable world so that it, desire, may continue unabated forever. This idea of constituitive desire has great resonance with the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, which is perhaps an avenue worth pursuing in the future.


 
 
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