(photograph by Christopher Clifton)

Fragments of the Contract

2.5.7 The signing of the contract is the tentative acceptance of what cannot be conceived of.

2.6.8 The slow specification of the contract is the differentiation of concerns as they concern.

2.12.6 The acceptance of a term is an expression of consent to keep accepting the expression of the terms.

3.4.2 The text is not to read as a definitive instruction, but an open sensibility to meaning.

3.4.5 The polysemous nature of the stars is of the darkness.

3.5.1 The contract is interpreted by that which is without an understanding.

3.6.2 The inherent incompletion of the contract is not such that it be qualified according or compared to a conceivable completion, which needs only to be filled; but means that any such completion has no meaning.

3.7.3 The diverse interpretations are not true for every instance, but are true in every instance.

4.1.4 Funding is received in terms of unforeseen commitments.

4.1.6 “Unlimited liability” is defined as liability that cannot be defined without increasing.

4.2.3 The contract has provision not for that which might occur, but that which happens.

4.3.2 Where the threat grows draws relief.

4.4.1 The unlimited liability may be realised by uncountable contingent obligations.

5.1.5 The operation of the contract is the unforeseen production of the real.

5.2.4 A single definition of the contract merely signifies the same as a particular example of its (fictional) operation.

5.5.4 The sum of all that is is an impossible abstraction.

5.5.6 There is no limit to the funding, but each fund provides a limit to adhere to.

5.7.3 A stone is an expression of the universe to equal any star; there is no precedence, nor order to adhere to.

5.8.2 The objects of investment are not precedent to funding, but suppose it.

5.13.6 Every fund that is contracted is implied in the ongoing formulation of the contract.

6.1.1 The return on an investment is no matter of concern for the investor.

6.2.6 Only one thing at one time may be invested.

6.6.2 That the funding be available depends on the relinquishment of previous investments.

6.7.5 The sense of prohibition is condition for the freedom to invest within the present.

7.1.4 The facts in the account book are in fact interpretations of the contract.

7.1.5 Only in its strange and disconnected taking place a fact is valid.

7.6.7 That a figure be reduced to its constituents will constitute an error of accounting.

7.7.1 The need to reach a figure is ongoing, irrespective of what figures have been drawn to such an end.

8.1.6 To recognise the debt will be to recognise the need for recognition as ongoing.

8.6.6 That to which the universe is owed is only recognised as yet to be accepted.

8.7.5 Payment is in any case a promise of repayment.

8.8.1 The debt cannot be paid by its own substance.

8.8.2 That the debt reduce to debt would be an error of accounting.

8.8.8 “Debt reduction” is production of more debt.

8.11.10 Debt cannot be paid, except by coming to new terms, in a fulfilling recommitment, which in any case falls short.

11.2.5 The debtor is in every case in question.

12.5.1 The terms are of the void to which they signal.

12.5.6 Every demonstration of the void is void by nature.

13.1.1 Although it be to come, the finance cannot be conceived as but behind one (past already).

13.2.3 That from which and that to which are one.

13.7.8 Nothing reappears beyond the finance.

14.3.3 The figure to be drawn is of a mythical first time that leaves an incremental absence to return to.

15.3.1 Every figure in the book will be a judgement that decides between one version and the next.

15.4.1 The fulfilment of the promise is a promise to fulfil.


Christopher Clifton @con_tractions  lives in Australia. These fragments are taken from the book Of the Contract, published by Punctum Books and free to download: https://punctumbooks.com/titles/of-the-contract/

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