May 5, Barthes: “A Science of the Subject”

“I saw clearly that I was concerned here with impulses of an overready subjectivity, inadequate as soon as articulated: I like / I don’t like: we all have our secret chart of tastes, distastes, indifferences, don’t we? But just so: I have always wanted to remonstrate with my moods; not to justify them; still less to fill the scene of the text with my individuality; but on the contrary, to offer, to extend, this individuality to a science of the subject, a science whose name is of little importance to me, provided it attains (as has not yet occurred) to a generality which neither reduces not crushes me. Hence it was necessary to take a look for myself.”

-Roland Barthes

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