Archytas

A bottle is not a bench. Happiness is not sadness. A bottle cannot be extracted out of the viscera of a bench. Happiness, though, is teased out of sadness itself. All this goes to show that there is a distinction between being and cognition. But is there? Being and cognition are both modes of Time.…

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A Eulogy to Time

The question of the meaning of Being must be formulated. HEIDEGGER 1962:24 What is the meaning of Being? Being is, or refers to, or is defined as… But what does it mean? Being means nothing; nothing said about Being will elucidate the meaning of Being. Being is Time, (supposedly) conjectured Heidegger. But, again, what does…

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Axel’s Island

A memory is no different from a representation. A memory can be indistinguishable from an artefact – a thing done with craft. When the fool looks at the pointing finger, when, that is, we question the very act of remembering, the punctum – the alterity – of the memory strikes. The pointing finger, remembering, points…

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The White Rabbit (Part 2 of 3)

Does light have being? We say that the sun emits light. Hence, the sun emits something. A something is a being. But is light a being? It seems wrong to suppose this, even if only in words. What is the difference between Man and a giraffe? Following Heidegger, all we can say is that Man…

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See you

Let us concern ourselves with being. If we follow the route set by academicians to easily explain Heidegger to students, Being experiencing anxiety, which it has beforehand occluded, or, which it has been enabled beforehand to occlude, the source of, finds itself annoyed experiencing its experiences as nothing. Anxiety, which Being has made itself blinded…

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Genealogy of ‘the photographic’

Prior to the modern movement in the visual arts, painting was an exercise in incomplete realism. Painters had already disavowed that which would interest Heidegger and that which Heidegger would go on to question. Their painterly exercises in incomplete realism, though, attest to the fact that painters, seemingly not interested in philosophy, had through the…

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If

“Dasein is ontically distinctive in that it is ontological” (HEIDEGGER, 1962:32). The ontico-ontological dimension of Dasein refutes ontology. Being cannot be ontological. The being of beings, Being(,) in itself(,) catches sight of everything outside itself. Dasein realizes that everything about itself is contained within itself – DNA. It is then a willful decision of Dasein…

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Omega

The filmic is the illusion of the photographic. The filmic actuates the illusion of the photographic through motion. Thus the world is reduced to a static image commonly known as a photograph. Hearing, smelling, tasting and touch are then mental images emanating from other mental images, namely, singularly, the world. Embodiment does not successfully contradict…

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The Crutches of Reality

Perception is predictive. The predictions made by the perceptive system are based on the assumption that an assumed reality ought to be somewhat similar to those predictions. An assumed reality is borne by memory and hence is born out of the past, a past which comes to be constituted as such by the very futurity…

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Curating the Archive

The prima materia of perception is not the world. The prima materia of perception is memory. As our eyes linger on the object of their gaze, the memory gives way to what is really being seen. The eyes do not travel; they travel with the body.  Charles Sanders Peirce established a trichotomy of signs, which Silverstein explains thus: “the…

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