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Consider a toaster or electronic computer; consider anything which may or
may not be present, presencing; this is of the order of philosophy, always
already an acceptance; every reduction includes; or includes, at least as
construct. Thus of the panoply, or rather panoply, which is present,
presencing; then what of memory, of the enumeration, accountability of
objects? In philosophy, these remain within the presence; they appear
recuperable; they appear identical or equivalent; this is appearance,
genidentity; this is always other. This is the giving of permission of
philosophy the killing-ground or grounds of philosophy; the winding-sheet
of assertion. A man or a woman, an organism, a being, a human being,
universals, these presences accompanied by deductions, for what is a man
or a woman if not recognized as such; if recognized for example as thing
or flesh; if recognized as meat; if recognized only as thing or flesh as
meat. As for recognition: a problem for cognitive psychology, for
neurophysiology. As for the symbolic: transformation and transforming
structures, structures undergoing continuous transformation with the
appearance of equivalences. As for mediation: the appearance of extension
of appearance of equivalences. Mediation: a presencing, a present. One is
always already synchronic; one is never diachronic; one does not live in
time; one does not extend in time; one is replete; is fullness; the world
is panoply, fecund; the world is a world of potential; potential is
incomplete. There is no completeness in the world. There is completeness
in mathematics; there is no completeness in mathesis. Mathesis is of the
present. Mathesis is presence, the ontology of presence.

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