In much of the preceding discussions my intent has not been to infer any inevitability either to the theoretical postures and strategies discussed in the first two chapters or to the spatial postures and strategies discussed in the last three chapters. My intention has been to point out that the perseverance of these strategies points to an enduring desire for an alterity to representation that is never given. Much as the metaphysics of presence instigates the desired alterity, the performative acts that comprise architecture—acts that produce the very condition they purport to represent—perpetuate the desire.