From: Kenneth Johnson <kenn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2002 20:20:01 -0700
>"e m004" <<e_m004@xxxxxxxxxxx> cited:
>> What is Philosophy - pp.73-74
>Selectively edited, that. Interested parties are urged
>to read the whole passage. N.b. the suppressed first
>sentence ("Even illusions of transcendence are useful
>to us and provide vital anecdotes...") and the elided
>portion ("There is not the slightest reason for thinking
>that modes of existence need transcendent values...").
>The central discussion of the difference and relation
>between philosophy and religion (or "wisdom" -- "it does
>not matter much which") comes early in the chapter
>on Geophilosophy, pp. 89-92 in the English translation.
even further along on this line of flight, n unedited:
<color><param>39F7,170C,FFFF</param>From Deleuze's 'Foucault': " - - -
To write is to draw a map".
To think means to be embedded in the present-time stratum that serves
as a limit [ego-life as 'presence' in a 'present']: what can I see and
what can I say today? But this involves thinking of the past as it is
condensed in the inside in relation to oneself. (there is a Greek in
me, or a Christian, etc.). We will then think the past against the
present and resist the latter, not in favor of a return but "in favor,
I hope, of a time to come" (Nietzsche), that is, by making the past
active and present to the outside so that something new will finally
come about, so that thinking, always, may reach thought. Thought thinks
its own history (the past), but in order to free itself from what it
thinks (the present) and be able finally to 'think otherwise' (the
"what can I see and what can I say today?"
"We will then THINK the past AGAINST the PRESENT and RESIST the latter,
not in favor of a return but "in favor, I HOPE, of a time to come"
iterated elsewhere in the book, and forcefully in my view, is: "You can
NEVER see what you say, nor can you ever say what you see, they are
in my sensing of what this means, that if you cannot learn to SEE what
is really there, beneath all words, but only know how to say what's
there, you ain't even near any knowledge of it.
seeing, sensing, is far superior to saying, which is only a tool in the
service of seeing and not to be mis.taken for "truth", a mere concept,
a mere word, blind.
and to grasp, finally, that 'thinking', 'thought', are exterior
phenomenon (read Foucault and Blanchot's little book, "The Thought from
Outside" - but it seems to me you will never "see" this until you
become Will to Power and nothing besides. This would end all such magic
fairy tales and lies of religion, re-primitizing life denying
nihilistic weak will to powerings - - -
and so much more. . .