“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Skholiast, Buddhism, Lingis, Levinas, Objects, Face, Emptiness, Longinus

Almost telepathic. But who is channeling whom?

1 comment:

skholiast said...

Tim, I suspect the Longinus connection might not have occurred to me explicitly if you had not mentioned the sublime a while ago. Of course I've no idea where you are going to go with Longinus, but the ethical connection is where I go-- the sublime as a kind of felt telos. The bit about the face and the logoi has been simmering on the back burner for a good while. I'm working more on this, we'll see where it goes. But your assertion that withdrawal = emptiness --whether or not this is "orthodox" Madhyamaka-- was a crucial catalyst. I won't go so far as to say that I'm sure it was "what the Buddha taught," but I know it grabbed me.