The second presenter was a philosopher named Michael Anker from the College of New Rochelle in NY. He said, "As something is coming to be it is already becoming something other."
From his website:
FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2009
opening of world as world - thinking difference
Within Any Possible Universe, No Intellect Can Ever Know It All: Scientific American
Part 1: first thoughts/questions in relation to article above.
As Jean-Luc Nancy continuously emphasizes throughout his philosophy: "there is no outside the world". The world or universe as such has only itself, in the sense that it always already exceeds totalizations by being totalization par excellence. Herein lies an interesting dilemma or problem. How can the world/universe always exceed totalization by never being understood or totally grasped from the outside (always understood from within and thus uncertain as the article above notes), and at the same time be a type of totalization in and of itself by being an all encompassing one-all? It's interesting to see how quickly these thoughts lead us to the age old philosophical question discussed from Parmenides to Heraclitus, and onward to such thinkers as Leibniz and Spinoza. This question of course is the relation of the One to the Many. How can the universe or world be "One" by having no outside, and yet contain within it a multiplicity of difference recognized as "Many"? In other words, if the universe is all encompassing, how can difference as such within the world truly exist? Or, if difference as such does exist within the world, how can it be circumscribed by the notion of One-All? Again, if each and every singularity as difference in the world exists with each and every other singularity in the world, does this inter-connectivity of "being-with" in the world (with no outside of world) not lead us toward a rethinking of difference itself? In short, what is difference in relation to a universe or world which is an all encompassing entity?
Note: These preliminary thoughts have led me toward a thinking on Alain Badiou's philosophy in relation to set-theory, multiplicity, the "count-as-one", and the matheme as ontology. It seems Badiou also tries to navigate through the terrain of the "one and the many".
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I'm glad there are men and women thinking -- we are called toward thinking. I'm equally glad there is a love of jazz, an acceptance of rain, and the never-ending insistence by white Border Collie to pick up and toss tennis ball across kitchen where the Coon Cat steps up to his feeding platform under the kitchen table
Perhaps the World Ends Here
by Joy Harjo
The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what,I'd rather be in my kitchen than at a philosophy conference or jazz festival.
we must eat to live.
The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the
table so it has been since creation, and it will go on.
We chase chickens or dogs away from it. Babies teethe
at the corners. They scrape their knees under it.
It is here that children are given instructions on what
it means to be human. We make men at it,
we make women.
At this table we gossip, recall enemies and the ghosts
Our dreams drink coffee with us as they put their arms
around our children. They laugh with us at our poor
falling-down selves and as we put ourselves back
together once again at the table.
This table has been a house in the rain, an umbrella
in the sun.
Wars have begun and ended at this table. It is a place
to hide in the shadow of terror. A place to celebrate
the terrible victory.
We have given birth on this table, and have prepared
our parents for burial here.
At this table we sing with joy, with sorrow.
We pray of suffering and remorse.
We give thanks.
Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table,
while we are laughing and crying,
eating of the last sweet bite.
(Poem, "Perhaps the World Ends Here" by Joy Harjo, from Reinventing the Enemy's Language. © W.W. Norton and Co., 1998)
It's a hermit's preference.
Happy to know.
Others are there.
En route elsewhere.