“Day and night he will work, making many false starts, filling the trash with unsuccessful chains of equations and logical sequences. But some evenings he will return to his desk knowing he has learned things about nature that no-one has ever known, ventured into the forest and found light, gotten hold of precious secrets. On those evenings, his heart will pound as if he were in love.”—Alan Lightman, Einstein’s Dreams
…Jacques Derrida uses “khôra” to name a radical otherness that “gives place” for being. For Derrida, “khôra” defies attempts at naming or either/or logic which he attempts to “deconstruct”.
Following Derrida, John Caputo describes khôra as:
neither present nor absent, active or passive, the good nor evil, living nor nonliving - but rather atheological and nonhuman - khôra is not even a receptacle. Khôra has no meaning or essence, no identity to fall back upon. She/it receives all without becoming anything, which is why she/it can become the subject of neither a philosopheme nor mytheme. In short, the khôra is tout autre [fully other], very
“Khôra (Khora or Chora; Ancient Greek: χώρα) is a philosophical term described by Plato in Timaeus as a receptacle, a space, or an interval. It is neither being nor nonbeing but an interval between in which the “forms” were originally held. Khôra “gives space” and has maternal overtones (a womb, matrix).”—http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khora