*Jennifer Yusin*

- Published in print:
- 2017
- Published Online:
- January 2018
- ISBN:
- 9780823275458
- eISBN:
- 9780823277131
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Fordham University Press
- DOI:
- 10.5422/fordham/9780823275458.003.0004
- Subject:
- Philosophy, General

This division constructs a dialogue between the materiality of trauma and the postcolonial condition through a sustained focus on the establishment of new geographical borders during the 1947 ...
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This division constructs a dialogue between the materiality of trauma and the postcolonial condition through a sustained focus on the establishment of new geographical borders during the 1947 Partition of British India. The border is treated as an assigned place without proper destination. The chapter pays particular attention to the ways in which the temporality and formation of forms of nation during the Partition situate the living being and subject as the center of interaction to the extent it challenges the western tradition’s ideological tendency to assume life as irremediably divided between its symbolic and empirical, material aspects. The case of the Partition makes clear that the event as it is governed by the axiological principle of the “always already” in the psychoanalytic conception of trauma is overcome by the emergence of partition as another regime of events that asserts a coincidence between the material and symbolic domains of life.Less

This division constructs a dialogue between the materiality of trauma and the postcolonial condition through a sustained focus on the establishment of new geographical borders during the 1947 Partition of British India. The border is treated as an assigned place without proper destination. The chapter pays particular attention to the ways in which the temporality and formation of forms of nation during the Partition situate the living being and subject as the center of interaction to the extent it challenges the western tradition’s ideological tendency to assume life as irremediably divided between its symbolic and empirical, material aspects. The case of the Partition makes clear that the event as it is governed by the axiological principle of the “always already” in the psychoanalytic conception of trauma is overcome by the emergence of partition as another regime of events that asserts a coincidence between the material and symbolic domains of life.

*Marc Lange*

- Published in print:
- 2016
- Published Online:
- December 2016
- ISBN:
- 9780190269487
- eISBN:
- 9780190269500
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190269487.003.0007
- Subject:
- Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, General

This is the first of three chapters on the distinction in mathematical practice between proofs that explain why some theorem holds and proofs that prove that it holds without explaining why it does. ...
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This is the first of three chapters on the distinction in mathematical practice between proofs that explain why some theorem holds and proofs that prove that it holds without explaining why it does. Many examples are given of theorems having several proofs, only some of which are recognized by working mathematicians as explanatory. The chapter’s centerpiece is a new account of what makes a proof explanatory. A proof’s explanatory power is tied to a context-sensitively salient feature of the fact being explained. One feature in a theorem that is often salient is a symmetry, as exemplified by a theorem first proved by Jean le Rond D’Alembert. Another commonly salient feature is a theorem’s simplicity, as exemplified by a theorem about partitions first proved by J. J. Sylvester. There are other kinds of explanations in mathematics besides proofs and other mathematical facts that are explained besides theorems; examples are given.Less

This is the first of three chapters on the distinction in mathematical practice between proofs that explain why some theorem holds and proofs that prove that it holds without explaining why it does. Many examples are given of theorems having several proofs, only some of which are recognized by working mathematicians as explanatory. The chapter’s centerpiece is a new account of what makes a proof explanatory. A proof’s explanatory power is tied to a context-sensitively salient feature of the fact being explained. One feature in a theorem that is often salient is a symmetry, as exemplified by a theorem first proved by Jean le Rond D’Alembert. Another commonly salient feature is a theorem’s simplicity, as exemplified by a theorem about partitions first proved by J. J. Sylvester. There are other kinds of explanations in mathematics besides proofs and other mathematical facts that are explained besides theorems; examples are given.