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n the intangible agent with the ability to alter the biological condition of an organism.
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De plus, ceux qui dressent aujourd'hui les potences pour les dignitaires d'un ancien Etat, pris en otage par l'ancien regime, finiront par les dresser pour le reste.
Geremek, Bronislaw, La Potence ou la pitie, L'Europe et les pauvres du Moyen Age a nos tours, Paris, Gallimard, 1987.
Ainsi, l'homme de la potence est pendu par les cheveux (Ducasse 258) et le Createur laisse derriere lui un cheveu comme temoin de sa depravation au << lupanar >> (Ducasse 237).
Three characteristics linked to the notion of hypermasculinity of interest here are an emphasis on strength, aggressiveness and sexual potence.
It is called a potence (a French word for gallows), and consists of a vertical pole with horizontal beams and ladders attached, allowing the bird-keeper to swing round and visit each of the nesting-boxes in turn and to grab either pigeons, squabs or eggs.
In his 1806 supplement to that work, "On the Relation of the Real and the Ideal," this synthetic relation becomes the Band, the Dritte, enacting the identity or indifference of the real and ideal that makes each a potence of absolute.
Thomas Noel's The City and the Saloon, for instance, argued that "[t]he obsession with virility, potence, bodybuilding and the sports that characterized turn-of-the-century America permeated saloons.
He strode and blustered over this welling sense Of distraction, numbness; his virility Emptied like an unlit room, potence Petering out.
In the face of real evil, how can anyone who treats language as absence and identity as a sentimental myth recognize evil's potence and familiarity?