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And I would like to suggest that what Rorty is combatting in the name of consensus (which he calls at one point, "the vital force" of a culture ["Habermas, Lyotard et la postmodernite," 196]) is the ethical dimension of a writing practice that works at the limits of representation — and ultimately another thought of the grounds of community.
The "unto-itself" defines the boundary, the limit or the fold of declension where "soi" is "on its own," other before any assignment of same and other. ) Despite what Hegel maintained, "soi" is not just the "soi" of selfconsciousness needing to be recognized in order to recognize itself. Nor is it merely, as Levinas claims, hostage to others. It is "in itself" an objective case, the other of its declension. "Being-self" is being-unto itself, being-exposed-toitself; but "soi" in itself is nothing but the exposition.
Nothing is more common than being: it is the self-evidence of existence. Nothing is more uncommon than being: it is the self-evidence of community. Both the one and the other reveal the self-evidence of thought without being philosophies of revelation. For each divides and shares the other, denying it its self-evidence. Being, by itself, is not its own evidence of itself. It is not equal to itself nor to its meaning. That's what existence is, that's what community is, and that's what exposes them.