Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Richard Capobianco on absent presence.
[Heidegger] asks us to consider, for example, that when a blossom "buds forth, the leaves that prepared for the blossom fall off". What presences to us is not simply the appearance of the blossom but also the loss or absence of the leaves. Similarly, he notes that "when the fruit comes to light, [and] the blossom disappears," what presences to us is not only the appearance of the fruit, but also the lack or absence of the beautiful blossom. In general, then, every attainment of a new μορφή entails an "absence." Heidegger sums up Aristotle‘s position in this way: "[every] placing into the appearance always lets something become present in such a way that in the becoming-present a becoming-absent simultaneously becomes present". Thus, in this way, "lack" or "absence," what Aristotle called στέρεσις, presences, and the presencing of στέρεσιςis an integral and crucial dimension of the presencing process that is φύσις (Being).
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