Is this crossed connection-making the result of mere artifice or play?
There is certainly play
* in such a movement,
and this chiasmus is authorized, even prescribed, by the ambivalence of the
pharmakon. Not only by the polarity
good/evil, but by the double participation in the distinct regions of the soul and
the body, the invisible and the visible. This double
participation *, once again, does
not mix together two previously separate elements; it refers back to a same that is not the
identical, to the common element or medium of any possible dissociation (
Thus, reading binaries as being in participation with each other rather than as negating each other is the ideal way of (dis)solving the problem of difference.