Wednesday, December 23, 2015
The Conversation on ekstasis in xmas.
There’s an interesting disagreement in mid-20th century phenomenology about how we relate to the future. Heidegger viewed time as constituted by ekstasis, being-outside-of-ourselves by projecting into the past and the future. Levinas, in his earlier work, replied that while we do project in these ways (we remember, make plans etc.) ultimately the future comes to us from the outside, not the other way around. In that respect, and to be more than a little glib, maybe kids are more Heideggerian about Christmas and adults are more Levinasian. Kids long for what for adults seems to come at them earlier and earlier every year.
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