What is Radical Recursion?

SEED Journal 4 (1):38-57 (2004)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
Recursion or self-reference is a key feature of contemporary research and writing in semiotics. The paper begins by focusing on the role of recursion in poststructuralism. It is suggested that much of what passes for recursion in this field is in fact not recursive all the way down. After the paradoxical meaning of radical recursion is adumbrated, topology is employed to provide some examples. The properties of the Moebius strip prove helpful in bringing out the dialectical nature of radical recursion. The Moebius is employed to explore the recursive interplay of terms that are classically regarded as binary opposites: identity and difference, object and subject, continuity and discontinuity, etc. To realize radical recursion in an even more concrete manner, a higher-dimensional counterpart of the Moebius strip is utilized, namely, the Klein bottle. The presentation concludes by enlisting phenomenological philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s concept of depth to interpret the Klein bottle’s extra dimension.
Keywords
No keywords specified (fix it)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
ROSWIR
Revision history
First archival date: 2020-03-20
Latest version: 4 (2020-03-20)
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
The Visible and the Invisible.Merleau-Ponty, Maurice
Of Grammatology.Derrida, Jacques
Being and Time.Hepburn, Ronald W.; Heidegger, Martin; Macquarrie, John & Robinson, Edward

View all 18 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2009-07-12

Total views
102 ( #32,988 of 50,299 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
15 ( #33,728 of 50,299 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.