Considering the glance from a temporal perspective, it is neither determined by the past nor completely independent of this past. Instead, the glance is a continuous regeneration of the preceding. Surfaces rapidly glanced are perceived in terms both of the depths that they envelop and the larger gestalt wholes that they comprise. In this forward attentive position, the glace is internally directed as much as outwardly directed.
“Attentiveness is not a static matter; it is always evolving, following the lead of felt sense as this sense evolves in its own vagaries–not so as to incorporate it but so as to pay more nuanced and respectful attention to it.” – Edward S. Casey
The present experience always contains a remembered past and a predicted future within its brevity. Retention and protention are structural features of any conscious act that differ from recollection and expectation. In one case, memory is in the service of the present providing a frame of coherence, while in the other memory is experienced as events that are finished. Therefore the recollected event is not conceived as occurring at this time, but functions as history in relation to the now present.
“Things co-exist in space because they are present to the same perceiving subject and enveloped in one and the same temporal wave. But the unity and individuality of each temporal wave is possible only if it is wedged in between the preceding and the following one, and if the same temporal pulsation which produces it still retains its predecessor and anticipates its successor.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Light of reason
Experience operates from diverse legitimate epistemic perspectives. To communicate about an event, or to have a mental image of an event, or to participate in an event, are three different ways of dealing with the same occurrence. Therefore, phenomenological authenticity points to two categories of intentionality. In this way, a symbolic intention is ‘fulfilled’ by a perceptive intention. Both Husserl and Merleau-Ponty consider symbolic intentions derivative and perceptual intentions more essential. Nevertheless, imagination and intuitive processing are indispensable.
“Our image of the world can be made up only in part of actual being, and we must find a place in it for the phenomenal realm which surrounds being on all sides.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty
From a distance
Although concerned with how things are experienced, especially related to conditions of possibility, phenomenology is not solely located within the mind. Likewise, intuition is not a matter of only turning the gaze inwards, but also exhibits an intentionality directed towards something external.
“The relations between things or aspects of things, having always our body as their vehicle, the whole of nature is the setting of our own life, or our interlocutor in a sort of dialogue.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Articles of organization
Extended and accurate
An avenue of phenomenological investigation with respect to mental content and processing considers distinctions between internalism and externalism. Externalists characteristically maintain that differences in thought can be extra-phenomenally divergent. This is because sensational elements independent of phenomena form the basis of any phenomenal experience, implying a significant intuitional relationship between intentionality and exterior experience.
“From Brentano, Husserl drew the principle that all consciousness, by its very nature, is a consciousness ‘of’, in other words, is intentional.” – Christopher Macann
Into the interior
Focus only occurs at the very center of the visual field, while the peripheral remainder is fuzzy. Nevertheless, perception extends beyond observation sharply limited. Ability to sense what is vaguely around has an immediate direct correlation on emotional attitude, movement orientation, and situational response.
“We feel that we are experiencing surface as inseparable from depth as a dimension of the full-bodied object–a depth somehow shared by the perceived thing and the surface itself.” – Edward S. Casey
An embodied position places clear-cut limitations on what can and cannot be seen. From any particular position, only a portion of any specific target is visible. Yet we retain a confident tacit anticipation of what extends beyond our field of vision.
“The polyvalent power of glancing is such that it also serves as a tacit model for nonvisual acts and experiences.” – Edward S. Casey
Flash of recognition
Phenomenology starts with experience-as-experience and attempts to formulate a conscientious description. In any such account, perception is paramount in its cognitive content. In its nuanced distinction between sensation, imagination, and memory, how is perceptual experience structured to deliver meaning?
“The primacy of the image is easier to grasp in the case of memory than in perception, where ‘things’ seem to resist their designation as ‘images’ on the basis of their sheer materiality, their coefficient of resistance.” – Edward S. Casey
Any variation detection requires a concurrent consistency reference. The comfort of a standard walking route reiterates the instantaneous. Within the flow of time, vigilant to transformational possibilities, each episode incorporates elements of change intrinsic to a framework of continuity.
“All genuine activity is carried out in the scope of attentiveness.” – Edmund Husserl
Vivid passage constant
Relatively tangible esoterica
Ambulating across the undulant surface, dynamic forces ever changing in disposition regulate aesthetic awareness. Observing any phenomenon existing in a state of probability can affect its resulting consequence.
“Right now I am animated by an idea … that this great show that is going on around us, the world, that somehow we play a vital part in bringing it about.” – John Wheeler