Philosophical Praxis



There is an irreducible distance between pleroma and chronos. Essence will not reveal itself in time. So what is to be done? There is a suggestion that only revelation or religious insight can save us, or help us get out of this tension. But the chapter suggests a philosophical labor or praxis that bids thinking to voluntarily accept limits on its activity, is helpful in this regard. The hypostasis of thought has sunk the entire being figuratively into a ‘hole’ from which Being is now to be retrieved. A systematic regression to pre-conceptual or meditative thinking becomes necessary in which thinking acquires the necessary immanent limits. It must sort through the vast archaeological data to pick out the moments of insight, refraining from the desire to organize. It must learn to wait, without being seduced by the incessant movement that is its nature. The waiting is not a passive idling. It is an active waiting that requires thinking to remain ever watchful against crossing its limits. Through this active waiting, chronos slows down and momentarily comes to an end, making room for the new. Thought as time opens out to an indeterminateness that is the beginning of intuition. There is a stirring that is not of the energy of thought. The composite which had aligned itself exclusively behind thought as its guiding light, realigns itself on a balance between insight and representation.


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  1. 1.Azim Premji UniversityBengaluruIndia

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