Sunday, October 04, 2009

Here and Now

Intuition and institution are the media of immediacy. They denote the transcendental form of knowledge and immanent content of power. Intuitions are to assertion what institutions are to injunction; intuition is to institution what space is to time.

So, intuitions are descriptive. "You are here," they ultimately say. Institutions, by contrast, are prescriptive: "Be on time!"


Presskorn said...

Deixis, indexicality and empirical knowlegde is the conceptual form of immediacy.

(("You are here" is all of these things...))

Thomas said...

Okay, now do the emotional content of immediacy. ("Be on time!" will be those things.)

Presskorn said...

Tough one... But to play along:

Desire, motivation and normative capacity is the emotional content of immediacy. These are all felt in "Be on time!".

Not quite right. I'm guessing you have the solution to the puzzle.

A totally different way of approaching the puzzle would be to say that there is no emotional content of immediacy.

Only an emotional content of absence (or vanishment). I'm VERY loosely improvising along a Hegelian line here:

"It is only through staking one's life that freedom is won; only thus is it proved for self-consciousness that its essential being is not just being, not the immediate form in which it appears, not its submergence in the expanse of life, but rather that there is nothing present in it which could not be regarded as vanishing moments..." - Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, §187, Hegels italics.

BTW, this whole talk of 'immediacy'(which you know I'm sort of sceptical of) is very Hegelian. Or in any case, it's all over the Phenomenology and it was reading the chapter on "Sense-certainty" that gave me the Deixis-indexicality-empircal-idea.

The surrounding context of the quoted passage also reveals that Hegel's point is indeed that there is an "immediacy" to our feelings and actions, but an immediacy which is only acquired through an experience of otherness/negativity/absence/vanishment.