Thursday, December 21, 2006


I'll be taking a little break from blogging next week. My reading list for the new year is already getting pretty full. The list includes books that are on the way from Amazon, books that I never got around to opening, and books checked out on interlibrary loans. Here are some titles that I'll be looking into:

This list isn't exhaustive. I'll probably visit a bookstore over the holidays, and I'm sure I'll be using the library in the new year.


posted by Fido the Yak at 11:34 AM.


Blogger Cathrina said...

liked the choice of the books.. i am also looking forward for the new year to read and mature over the time..

December 21, 2006 11:16 PM  
Blogger Fido the Yak said...

Hi, Catherina. I'm not a speed reader. Maybe I'll finish this set by Valentines Day.

December 29, 2006 11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I keep referring to a bk entitled 'Le monde comme perception et comme realite', thinking it was by Henry.

In fact, it's by Roger Chambon.
Chambon tries to link the work of Ruyer and Henry. A living being is an 'absolute domain' in 'self-survey' without distance from itself....
Deleuze and Guattari take up these terms of Ruyer's in the Conclusion to 'What is Philosophy?' and I try to explain them in my little essay 'Subjectless Subjectivities' (in A Shock to Thought).

Interestingly Ruyer is quite close to the Argentinian school who (of course!) are aware of him. As you prob. know Buenos Aires was, and is, v. 'european' and partic. french. The central city layout is based on Paris avenues.

We don't look at our perceptual fields as in some cartesian theatre. We are neither close to or far from our perceptual's not a geometrical relation. Or as the Argentinians would say we are 'intonated' we don't have intonations.

"Below it will become clear that, because efficient causation is unique, extramentalities cannot originate in any “prejudice of the (external) world”; specifically that, on the recognition of other experiencing sources of real actions, any difference vanishes between conceiving the finite experiencer’s knowledge, descriptive of this physical universe, as notices of an intramentally projected screenplay “movie” (not wholly unlike a dream) and as notices of true extramentalities, because the requisite causal graining fractures the “gnoseocapsule.” Now let us cast a glimpse on the facts which, once one grows, one finds first; the “bedrocks,” or extramental findings of the most general and basic nature that are discovered by natural science and, remarkably, share some characteristics with circumstanced persons. These facts are fields and their actions."
(Mario Crocco, Palindrome).

December 31, 2006 12:57 PM  
Blogger Fido the Yak said...

Hi, Paul. I found a library that has Chambon's book, but not in translation. Either I will have to learn French, or you will have to get busy with another translation. I don't know. It kind of sucks not to be able to read French.

December 31, 2006 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry about the french! I learnt french running a wholefood cafe in Paris a long time ago.

You'll get the general drift of ruyer if you quickly scan my subjectless subjectivities essay. It's 'old' and 'young' but it does explain the terms and you'll get the drift.
It's also probably the only essay in English that shows the relation btwn D/G and Ruyer. D/G had a good intuition but they didn't have the time or resources to pursue it. Crocco didn't have a web presence when they were finishing their 'oeuvre'. Crocco was even going to make a film about his tradition but it never happened...

the only problem with Ruyer and Deleuze/guattari is that they think it's the brain that sees'll see what i mean.

for Buenos aires it's simply another fundamental force of nature 'sensing' (on top of the other 4) that allows certain causal series to result in phenomenal exp. There is no 'expanatory gap'. Neither is there any inference about extramentality. Crocco does try to explain in Palindrome. But I won't say that again!
Ruyer learnt his biology in a prisoner of war camp during the 11WWar. But he did have a good intuition

December 31, 2006 9:37 PM  

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