09 December 2012

Networked Dystopia and The Differend

Ubisoft Montreal_Watch Dogs "Blackout" from Patrick Clair on Vimeo.

What is invoked in the phrase of freedom is not a power in the sense of an eventuality, but one in the sense of an ability to act, that is, an ability to be a first cause from the cosmological point of view. Such a cause cannot be validated through experience. No fact can be presented which might serve as an example of this first causality or spontaneity. If it is possible, however, to deduce the spontaneity of the situation of obligation, which is apparently its contrary, it is because the latter necessarily implies the former.
Jean-Fraçois Lyotard, The Differend

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