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The Leibniz Connection: Nazi Symbolism, Calculus and Leibnizian Worldmaking in Gravity's Rainbow

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Bernd Klähn

University of Bochum
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Modern history is a conglomeration of dichotomies and dualistic confrontations. When occidental culture moved through the long phase of seemingly static medieval repetitions and cycles, gradually but thoroughly preparing its own Judaeo-Christian background for the transformation into a postantique condition, the severing of the subject from the evident and immediate coherence of the world and the cosmos turned out to be a decisive move within this evolution. This trend culminated, according to the familiar description of occidental culture, with the subject in the foreground, initiating an endless iteration of conflicts between subject and object as a well-designed follow-up.
How to Cite: Klähn, B., (2008). The Leibniz Connection: Nazi Symbolism, Calculus and Leibnizian Worldmaking in Gravity's Rainbow. Pynchon Notes. (54-55), pp.169–182. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/pn.34
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Published on 22 Sep 2008.
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