Unreal Nature

May 28, 2010

Essence

Filed under: Uncategorized — unrealnature @ 6:58 am

… a time and a space that exist by piling up, by proliferation, by encroachment, by promiscuity — a perpetual pregnancy, perpetual parturition, generativity and generality, brute essence and brute existence, which are the nodes and antinodes of the same ontological vibration.

Here is a little more from The Visible and the Invisible by Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1964):

… A pure essence which would not be at all contaminated and confused with the facts could result only from an attempt at total variation [in order to find what must remain; what cannot be done without]. It would require a spectator himself without secrets, without latency, if we are to be certain that nothing be surreptitiously introduced into it. In order to really reduce experience to its essence, we should have to achieve a distance from it that would put it entirely under our gaze, without all the implications of sensoriality or thought that come into play in it, bring it and bring ourselves wholly to the transparency of the imaginary, think it without the support of any ground, in short, withdraw to the bottom of nothingness. Only then would we know what moments positively make up the being of this experience. But would this still be an experience, since I would be soaring over it? And if I tried to maintain a sort of adhesion to it in thought, is it properly speaking an essence that I would see? Every ideation, because it is an ideation, is formed in a space of existence, under the guarantee of my duration, which must turn back into itself in order to find there again the same idea I thought an instant ago and must pass into the others in order to rejoin it also in them. Every ideation is borne by this tree of my duration and other durations, this unknown sap nourishes the transparency of the idea; behind the idea, there is the unity, the simultaneity of all the real and possible durations, the cohesion of one sole Being from one end to the other.

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… Where in all this is the essence? Where is the existence? … We never have before us pure individuals, indivisible glaciers of beings, nor essences without place and without date. Not that they exist elsewhere, beyond our grasp, but because we are experiences, that is, thoughts that feel behind themselves the weight of the space, the time, the very Being they think, and which therefore do not hold under their gaze a serial space and time nor the pure idea of series, but have about themselves a time and a space that exist by piling up, by proliferation, by encroachment, by promiscuity — a perpetual pregnancy, perpetual parturition, generativity and generality, brute essence and brute existence, which are the nodes and antinodes of the same ontological vibration.

-Julie

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1 Comment

  1. Outside academia, Merleau-Ponty is less referenced than he should be … good on you.

    That long last sentence … I find myself thinking that photographic images (still or moving) have dramatically intensified and prolonged the “piling up … proliferation … encroachment … promiscuity”, the aggregation of experience, the “weight of space …[and] time”. In that sense, the photographic image has changed us as radically as the Enlightenment.

    Comment by Felix — May 29, 2010 @ 6:38 am


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