By Isabelle Stengers, Robert Bononno
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Their definition now includes the questions and speculations authorized by the existence of the neutrino. The benefit of reciprocal capture is to enable us to understand this "for" in the strong sense of the coconstruction of identity rather than in the weak sense, which could be reduced to a simple convention. " Today, the respective use of these terms is far from fixed. I use the term "relativist" to qualify the reductionist position (the neutrino would only exist relative to the physicist) and the term "constructivist" to qualify the position that affirms the event, the twofold, correlated creation of a factish and its builder.
We require a stable distinction between the beneficial medicament and the harmful drug, between rational pedagogy and suggestive influence, between reason and opinion. The contemporaiy scene is literally saturated with the "modern" heirs of Plato. Each of these heirs denounces his "other," just as the philosopher denounced the sophists, accused them of exploiting that which he himself had triumphed over. 0 CULTURING THE PHARMAKON? include not only the heirs of Plato, but those philosophers who, following the sophists, were used as an argument to demonstrate the need for a foundation.
12 The definition of the parasite includes a "knowledge" of the means to invade its prey, but this prey appears to simply endure the parasite's attack. Both the caterpillar and the parasite exist in a way that affirms the existence of their respective other, but the opposite does not appear to be true—at least as far as we know at present. In contrast, we can speak of reciprocal capture whenever a dual process of identity construction is produced: regardless of the manner, and usually in ways that are completely different, identities that coinvent one another each integrate a reference to the other for their own benefit.
Cosmopolitics I by Isabelle Stengers, Robert Bononno