By Vladimir Nabokov
Pnin is a professor of Russian at an American university who takes the inaccurate teach to convey a lecture in a language he can't grasp. Pnin is a tireless lover who writes to his treacherous Liza: "A genius must continue loads in shop, and therefore can't give you the entire of himself as I do." Pnin is the point of interest of refined educational conspiracies he can't start to understand, but he phases a school celebration to finish all college events eternally.
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182–193. Aristote, Éthique à Nicomaque, X, 6, ed. and trans. J. D. O. Urmson, Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, in The Complete Works of Aristotle, Vol. Two, pp. 1859–1860. Aristote, De Anima, II, 6, and III, 1, 425a; Aristotle, On The Soul, pp. 665, 676. Aristote, La Métaphysique, A, 1, 980a 21, p. 2): “of all our senses, sight is the one that makes us acquire most knowledge, and that discloses to us the most differences”; English translation, p. 1552: “sight ... ” Aeschylus, The Persians, trans.
Kohlhammer, 1960); French translation by H. Hilderbrand and A. Lindenberg, as Le Jeu comme symbole du monde (Paris: Minuit, 1966). It is not a matter of strategic game, of game of truth—to which Foucault will resort later. (See “Course Context,” below, pp. 272–275: “Foucault’s game,” where it is Deleuze who is called in. 3. The true end of the journey may well have been the lecture of 6 January 1982. See M. Foucault, L’Herméneutique du sujet. Cours au Collège de France, 1981–1982, ed. F. Gros (Paris: Gallimard-Seuil, coll.
A triple displacement revealed two things: 1. There was knowledge at the root of the desire, even before it manifests itself and starts to function. A knowledge that is still sensory, of course, but a knowledge nonetheless, a knowledge already there on the basis of which the desire could unfold. So that knowledge was prior to the desire for it; and this desire was itself nothing other than a sort of inner retardation of knowledge with regard to itself, a desire correlative to the period that retarded knowledge in order to arrive in one go at its true nature, namely, contemplation.