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Beyond the Inner Daguerreotype

  • Kaustuv Roy
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Abstract

The ontological character of its own movement remains obscure to thought, a condition that needs to be remedied in any serious attempt to think. From multiple angles we have looked at the pre-occupations of thought as it refuses to think, that is, refuses to think what most needs to be thought about, which is its own condition of possibility. Given this backdrop, we obtain some deductions in the form of a propositional arrangement, a deliberately chosen format, that allows us to survey what thinking can disclose to itself about itself. The inner daguerreotype is suggestive of the uncritical self-image of thought that is built up through memory accretions. So long as thought remains invested in the daguerreotype (its inner picture of itself), it remains divided against itself, incapable of truly thinking—the self-image is a schism in thought maintained through and by division. By means of the propositions in this chapter the attempt is to deconstruct the image and go beyond the daguerreotype so that new light is thrown on the operation of thought. We begin with simple observations drawing our means from Heidegger, Schelling, Goethe, and Heraclitus.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Azim Premji UniversityBengaluruIndia

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