Once again I’m the beneficiary of having a great overview post in place (thanks, Felix!) so I’m going to take a more narrow focus. I also had the bizarre, painful, intriguing and (maybe) even entertaining experience of losing my voice this weekend. The timing couldn’t have been more awful/perfect, as this happened while I was at a conference in the run-up to a talk I was giving on…the voice! And particularly the materiality of the voice. In this case, I had plenty of materiality (extreme raspiness) bordering at times on a complete loss of actual words, as they were swallowed up in pure “grain,” to borrow Roland Barthes’ term. So the question of the sonic force of speech (and the way it can fail us) is on my mind—and it seemed a nice thread to pick up in Siegert as well.
As we approach the rupture in the history of Analysis we work our way through Siegert’s rendition of Leibniz’s version of and contribution to the Analysis epistème. In several aspects it becomes clear why Leibniz is a step towards the rupture, laying the ground for what will nevertheless be a distinct step into the digital.