POLITICAL SUBJECTS IN GADDIS AND PEPETELA mean that the relationship between consciousness and the world is absolutely representational. The gap between "subject" and "object" is indeed absolute from the perspective of representation, but in fact both concepts emerge from the problem of representation. Since "subject" and "object" are concepts, they both already belong to the subject. The "thing-in-itself," directly opposed to the thingfor-consciousness, is itself directly posited as such by consciousness; thus the thing-in-itself is just as much a thing-for-consciousness as is the thing-forconsciousness. There could be nothing more intimate, then, than (this aspect of) the relationship between subject and object-but this relationship is not representation strictly speaking. Rather, the subject has already intervened in the object by making it available for representation, by construing it as object, bifurcating it between (merely subjective) representation and unreachable thing-initself-and has created itself as subject in the same stroke. What appeared, then, to be the critical discovery of an irreducible gap between subject and object turns out to be, in its essence, a crossing of that very gap, even while the critical apparatus that this discovery directs against the problem of representation remains valid for that limited case. To put it
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