The essay discusses the presumption of one's singularity, the uniqueness of one's time, the picturesqueness of one actions, and the capacity of human beings, whether corporately or individually, to begin everything or indeed anything again from scratch. Such presumptions are indeed present in some varieties of contemporary fanaticism, but, more to the point, it is suggested that the feeling of doing something for the first time is the oldest feeling in the world.
Introduction: From Scratch
Miguel Tamen, Wayne Andersen, Velcheru Narayana Rao, Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Ingrid D. Rowland, J. Paul Hunter, Yoke-Sum Wong; Introduction: From Scratch. Common Knowledge 1 August 2008; 14 (3): 380–383. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/0961754X-2008-004
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