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Or it has the effects of a signature suspended between quotation marks. When Louis Mackey is read as "Louis Mackey," author becomes text. Rewriting "Louis's" words about "Søren," we might conclude (if conclusions still could be drawn) that "the actuality of [Louis Mackey] is his texts. He is a discourse. " In this play of signs (which might or might not be significant), author disappears in text. With the effacement of author in work, the reader is free to en- Page xiii ter the labyrinthian text.

The labor of assembling this volume, along with part of the actual writing, was done in the fall semester of 1982. To this end I was granted a leave of absence by the Department of Philosophy of the University of Texas at Austin and supported by a Faculty Research Assignment from the University Research Institute of the University of Texas. I. has also awarded me special research grants to pay for the typing and indexing of this manuscript. I. for the opportunity to complete this work. Professor Mark C.

As one of Kierkegaard's pseudonyms says, freedom is simply to be able [at kunne] (Concept of Anxiety, 44): indeterminate possibility or the possibility of the indeterminate. Socrates was completely negative in his relation to the existent [Bestaaende]. . He hovered in ironic satisfaction above all the determinations of substantial life. . His entire standpoint, therefore, culminates in infinite negativity, for it exhibits itself as negative both in relation to the past development and the subsequent development, though in another sense it is positive in both instances, that is to say, it is infinitely ambiguous.

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