incipient

Just read this word in the introduction to Dipesh Chakrabarty’s Provincializing Europe. In the particular context it reads negatively, as though “necessary” and “incipient” are inherently contradictory (p. 15).


I’m thinking, though, that an aesthetic life lives on the edge of incipience. It anticipates what will appear, what could appear, if contingency allows. It arrives simultaneously with an appearing. This is how intersubjectivity operates – myself and an other(s) meet in temporality, in a particular place, producing a certain space of action.
But I might die tonight.”

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