The narrow space of “free will”

Rif on Butlerian logic, subject formation, and the narrow space of "free will."

The distance we are from clusters of particular conventions, norms—the mechanisms of recognition and belonging, in which we measure our own competence—and the degree to which that puts us in question, the degree to which that renders us less recognizable or competent, oft precipitates suffering. This suffering perceived from our distance from particular clusters of norms is the impetus that moves us from reflexive living to that which entails critical deliberation and accounting. This manifests in bodily and symbolic narrative gestures. It moves us into the space of freedom delimited by prescriptive possibilities. It is the narrow space of “free will” where a degree of self-crafting and change may be possible.


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