“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

Friday, July 15, 2011

Dylan Trigg on the Uncanny, the Body, Language

This is just a wonderful post. This is why the internet philosophy scene is so so good. It's the kind of thing it was made for. It's a talk, it's an essay, it's a manifesto, it's a live exploration of profound issues. The fact that you can examine images like this in such a format, well, brilliant isn't it? 

I won't ruin the surprise—you just have to see the incredible picture Trigg has put up for yourself by clicking the link. Spilliaert, I had no idea. Wow.

I don't have much concrete to say about it right now, apart from “I second that emotion.” You know it reminds me of my very first encounters with phenomenology. I'm getting that feeling as I revisit all of it now that I'm in OOO. It's a scary feeling, intellectually exciting, yet weird. Uncanny. I remember going to these photography exhibitions in Paris in the mid 80s and feeling very moody...then I got captured by the linguistic turn folks. Now I'm free again!

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