Wholes are said to be more than the sum of their parts. This ‘more’ contains both a promise and a threat. When different elements — which might be individuals, cultures, disciplines, or methods — form a whole, they not only join forces but also generate a surplus from which the parts can benefit. Being part of a whole is a way to acquire meaning; and having a part in the whole is to have an enlarged agency. But wholes are also more powerful than the sum of their parts.
Keywords: Wholeness; Partiality; Haunting; Plasticity; Totality (Philosophy); Malabou, Catherine
Title
Beginnings
Subtitle
Constituting Wholes, Haunting, Plasticity
Author(s)
Manuele Gragnolati
Christoph F. E. Holzhey
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Wholes are said to be more than the sum of their parts. This ‘more’ contains both a promise and a threat. When different elements — which might be individuals, cultures, disciplines, or methods — form a whole, they not only join forces but also generate a surplus from which the parts can benefit. Being part of a whole is a way to acquire meaning; and having a part in the whole is to have an enlarged agency. But wholes are also more powerful than the sum of their parts.
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Vienna
Publisher
Turia + Kant
Date
2017
Subject
Wholeness
Partiality
Haunting
Plasticity
Totality (Philosophy)
Malabou, Catherine
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Beginnings
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page end
29
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De/Constituting Wholes: Towards Partiality Without Parts, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Manuele Gragnolati, Cultural Inquiry, 11 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2017), pp. 7–29
Bibliographic Citation
Manuele Gragnolati and Christoph F. E. Holzhey, ‘Beginnings: Constituting Wholes, Haunting, Plasticity’, in De/Constituting Wholes: Towards Partiality Without Parts, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Manuele Gragnolati, Cultural Inquiry, 11 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2017), pp. 7–29 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-11_01>
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Cite as: Manuele Gragnolati and Christoph F. E. Holzhey, ‘Beginnings: Constituting Wholes, Haunting, Plasticity’, in De/Constituting Wholes: Towards Partiality Without Parts, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Manuele Gragnolati, Cultural Inquiry, 11 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2017), pp. 7–29 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-11_01>