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69 Even a state of scepticism possesses a legible physiognomy, and philosophical doubt has its bodily expressiveness, as do cynicism, fear and reserve. Then, I think, all this emphasis from Wittgenstein on the perfect intelligibility of gestures or facial expressions (which, to be understood, do not need to be retrieved by guesswork from some inaccessible innerness) coheres perfectly well with Volosinov's weighting on the sociable nature of the language of the outside. Both philosophers of language concur that to be able to understand something in someone else, we do not first have to read entrails.

67 We can readily observe both feeling and the evidence of thinking in others. If inner processes have a literal invisibility, that still doesn't mean that they pose an unassailable mystery to us. There are signs and indications which demand no skilled translation or guesswork in order to be plainly intelligible. "- The future is hidden from us. But does the astronomer think like this when he calculates an eclipse of the sun? ' 68 It is because the machinations of inner speech are often displayed on it that we are able to read a face.

5 9 There is a traceable genealogy to this dire conception of the soul as a grave mystery to itself, a conception stemming, for Henry, from a long series of misunderstandings of Descartes. As the very topography of the sensate self as a whole possesses its history, so does the topography of the speaking and the contemplative self; so here Henry views Nicolas Malebranche as an unfortunate captive of the notion of estrangement once, for him, the soul had become delivered over to night. It'is true that our ideas of what comprises the interiority and the exteriority of the person are conspicuously historically mutable.

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