Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Journal 05.05.10

From David Barr: Far from being a fantasy of what will never be, the Apocalypse represents a reality that already existed, creating a social world that provided both community and individual identity to its audience.

Some texts invite the participation of the reader in the production of its meaning

Writing: At this point the internet is my only contact with the outside world; the limited geography of my entanglements and movements has ceased to resemble a world in any possible version of the world that there might be and now it seems more of a theatre stage – the lines rehearsed are the same day after day as if we had run out of all creative impulse needed to participate actively in life. Writing has become a surrogate for living thus the writing gains in unpremeditated intensity and the living surrenders into a permanent state of slumber; there´s no possible way to write as good or as bad as any other person – people can only write the way they´ve written. I´m wondering about the particular details of my attraction toward Fridirik; it has to do perhaps only with the fact that all my associations with life are so loose at present that the faintest clue of approximation to another human being might stand in lieu of the whole world, of all possible seamlessness of experience through which writing, reading and life come under the spell of the same rubric. I think the beauty of his countenance as such and in itself shall suffice for more than a mediation exercise; there´s a certain scarcity of speech by means of which the trap of anxiety reveals more secrets and more urgency than what the distance of silence wants to conceal.

Gillian Rose: Scientific sociology is only possible as a form of Neo-Kantianism that bars access to the philosophy of Hegel. That´s how the sociology of Durkheim and Weber has been misunderstood by ignoring or overlooking the transcendental structure

About Rose´s mother: Gillian Rose describes her own mother as faithless. The Holocaust claimed the lives of fifty of her mother´s relatives, yet her mother lives in denial. Her mother claims that the loss caused no suffering, yet this only masks the depth of the suffering which has been left unresolved. Her mother´s refusal to “live in hell” results in melancholia, in an entrenched despair which will not budge because it is denied. Her mother appears content, she wears a smile, yet she has an “all-jovial” unhappiness. The trauma is not worked, in Rose´s idiom, because it remains unthought.

About the importance of objects: The production of objects may equally well be said to be the production of their reality, not of their appearance. (Rose)

…If the thing in itself in unknowable how can it be called a thing?

Kant postulates God, since without this hypothesis morality is unintelligible

Phenomenological reduction brackets out the question of existence

Simmel´s definition of culture: The content or forms of life (art, law, religion, technology) which are created in historical time, but which attain an independent validity once created which may render them inaccessible to their creators.

Rose on Hegel: “But the absolute is not an optional extra, as it were. As we shall see, Hegel´s philosophy has no social import if the absolute is banished or suppressed, if the absolute cannot be thought”

Our concept of the infinite is our concept of ourselves and our possibilities

Thinking must make the transition from identity to speculation

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