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André Reichert

E-Mail: reichert [at] grako-schrift.fu-berlin.de


Ph.D. Project

"Diagrammatic of Thinking. Of the Commencement of Thinking and the Thinking of Commencement in Descartes, Heidegger and Deleuze"



The aim of the doctorate project „Diagrammatic of Thinking. Of the Commencement of Thinking and the Thinking of Commencement in Descartes, Heidegger and Deleuze“ is to develop an implicit diagrammatic in the exposition of figures of thought. Methodically I want to graft a diagrammatological reconstruction onto a grammatological deconstruction of the given system of thought. The text having thus been deconstructed, i.e. set back to its commencement, begins to repair itself, affording an overview of those figures of thought which constitute it.

In so doing, the reading will make apparent how Descartes does not commence thinking differently by discovering a first concept, but rather that this discovery itself consists in the interaction of the figures of exclusion, inclusion and projection, which precede and determine the first concept. In a second phase, the figures analysed will be confronted with a physics of thinking, as I see it at work in the thinking of commencement in Heideggers’ interpretation of Aristotle as well as in his texts on the „different commencement“, where he attempts to uncover the presuppositions of the first commencement by going back to the origins of thinking as well as by allowing a different commencement to come about. It is as a repetition of the first commencement that Heidegger reads Descartes in „Was ist Metaphysik?“. The arborescent thinking delineated in this text by Heidegger is juxtaposed by Deleuze with a rhizomatic thinking that renders visible the presuppositions in order to alter them.

However, thinking here remains referred to a preceding image. In contrast, this dissertation will not seek to draw an alternative image of thinking, but rather to generate diagrams tracing the figures of thinking in order to consider them in terms of their operative function in thinking. The passage from the commencement of thinking to the thinking of commencement should make possible the transition from the concept of the image of thought to the concept of thought diagrams, replacing the image as reproductive by the diagrams as operative. The writings treated will not be juxtaposed to an image: instead, the diagram inserts itself into the space between writing and image, opening up the writing to reveal the figures of thought at work in the form of inner networks of lines. This supralinearity is distinct from the linearity of representation or reference.


Curriculum Vitae

Since 01/10/2008

Doctoral Fellow at the DFG Research Training Group 1458 “’Notational Iconicity’: On the materiality, perceptibility and operativity of writing”, Freie Universität Berlin

Since 10/2007

Organisation and direction of an alternative graduate class „MoMo-Leipzig“, with K. Schwarzwald and Prof. Dr. U. J. Schneider

Since 04/2007

Qualification in Ancient Greek

Since 2006

Creation and Compilation of the journal „molpé. Zeitschrift für ambulante Metallurgie“, with Christian Driesen


Pensionnaire Étranger at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris


M. A. (Magister) in Philosophy/German Literature/General and Comparative Literature at the Universität Leipzig, Grade: A (very good)


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