Archive | January 2019

Aperspectivity and Proprioception, II

We have been exploring what Heraclitus may have meant by the term “ethos” (and particularly ethos as fate), and in yesterday’s post I suggested that the ethos of modernity has its roots in the invention of perspectivism in the Renaissance. Perspectivism suggested a whole new metaphysics and a new attitude towards our reality that we may fairly say represented a complete restructuration of consciousness and perception — the structure we refer to as the “mental-rational” or “perspectival” consciousness which is now (in our “post-modern condition”) under great stress and in great distress. This is coincident with the “Anthropocene”.

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Aperspectivity and Proprioception

Apologies (if apologies are necessary) for my recent absence. As some may recall, I have stage 5 kidney disease and I had a bit of a relapse lately that has required ongoing medical attention.

I left off our discussion of Heraclitus and his “ethos anthropos daimon” (usually translated as “character is fate”) with the suggestion that what Heraclitus means by “ethos” could be interpreted, rather, as a “structure of consciousness” in Jean Gebser’s terms, or what we might call a “species of consciousness”, which pretty much means the same thing as “form” or “structure”. And, as you may recall, Gebser has identified four such species or structures in the history of consciousness — the archaic, the magical, the mythical, and the mental-rational — as well as a potential and prospective fifth development he calls “integral consciousness”. This potential and prospective new species of consciousness is also the theme of others such as William Blake (“fourfold vision”), Sri Aurobindo (“supramental consciousness”), and is quite probably the meaning of what Nietzsche anticipated as the “overman” or “transhuman”.

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