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In fact, Heidegger's own narrative of the process - how ever ideological it may turn out to be in its own right - has some methodological lessons for us. In particular, we need to note the coexistence in it of two temporalities: there is the internal temporality of representation, of the subject-object split (or difference-and-identity) as that rises into being like a self-caused event; and then there is an external temporality (that of the theme of certainty) in which a theological or medieval conception of the certainty of salvation overlaps the emergence of the new system for one last moment and :boexists with it long enough to allow the function of cer tainty to pass from the outgoing structure into the new one, :in some wholly different form.
I there 54 ,fore feel that it is justified to frame some new or third 'maxim, according to which we assert that 3. The narrative of modernity cannot be organized around categories of subjectivity (consciousness and subjectivity are unrepresentable). lfhis proposition preserves much of the spirit of the anti humanism of the 1 960s and of the 'poststructuralist' critique of the subject (or of the centred subject, by which was meant none other than our old friend the cogito or consciousness). and to give such categories up.
PART I : THE FOUR M A X I M S OF M O D E R N I T Y 5 Unfortunately, we do not get rid of Heidegger as easily as that; and on closer examination we discover a conceptual or formal embarrassment we failed to acknowledge during the previous discussion. It is that Heidegger has at least two theories of modernity. That, in a pinch, one could resolve by talking about his evolution, his various 'turns', the multiple models within his thought, and so forth. I prefer to put it in a different way, namely that in Heidegger there is not one modern break, but rather at least two.