Tears at the Eye Doctor

  • Samuel D. Rocha


This abstract will not tell you what is actually in the chapter. That would be too concrete for a true “abstract.” In the short chapter to follow, Rocha presents a phenomenology of tears. A phenomenology of tears is a study of the appearance of tears, beginning with Rocha’s tears, moving from those tears of his natural attitude to the general phenomena of tears and the act of weeping itself. This movement from the particular experience of tears to the general phenomena of tears is a phenomenological reduction, and this particular reduction happens as Rocha’s sight is itself being reduced from clear sight aided by prescription lenses to clouded sight through prescription eye drops. We move from immediacy to a true notion, as Rocha’s concrete sense of sight and perception is simultaneously made abstract and blurry.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel D. Rocha
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  1. 1.Educational StudiesUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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