' ... hence, this book may appear to be somewhat anachronistic; hasn't time bid farewell to the authors kant hegel and marx? but time is, by nature , out of joint. Representation is, by nature, a problem of this condition of being out of joint; for if all were immediately and satisfactorily put into place and done with, there would be no need for Representation. Indeed, there would be no representation.
If the Concept were ever capable of immediate and successful psychic inhumation, there would be no need for the Figure-- the material excess that clings like putrid flesh to the sacred soul of thought. Yet the Figure is the scene of the Concept; the Concept is nothing but the retroactive staging of an always incomplete series of Figures or images.
The Socratic philosopher could discern the Idea as it shines forth in its manifestations among the many. But it is precisely those manifestations that, through their constitutive incompletion or corruption, project the illusion of the Idea in the Beyond of Representation.
Had we the intellectual intuition, Kant mused, we would have no need for Representation, we would be God. But we are not God and we are thereby free. We are not God and we are thereby subject to the glories and sufferings of this pathological excess, this human condition whereby every reduction to some pure form is dependent on an excess of desire for its very existence . . .'
George Hartley "The Abyss of Representation"