Category Archives: Frontiers


Real ideal
Existence appearance
Matter within the mind

For Schelling, an achieved work of art is the embodiment of the ideal within the real, not merely something through which the mind recognizes its own powers of judgment. This position is in response to Kant’s sole aesthetic interest only involving judgment. Kant’s aesthetics is never derived from things in the world, but rather concerned with transcendental faculties of the mind.

“Matter, in our view, is an aggregate of ‘images.’ And by ‘image’ we mean a certain existence which is more than that which the idealist calls a representation, but less than that which the realist calls a thing–an existence placed half-way between the `thing’ and the ‘representation.’.” – Henri Bergson

Ongoing Translation

Idealistically motivated
Natural inclination
Opaque activity

Within the unconscious nature of the self’s activity lies an essential ambiguity which cannot be completely articulated or conceptually resolved. Schelling supports this position, as he claims the unconsciousness act is never realized definitively and exhaustively in any conscious awareness, but rather is the life and source of the whole system of finitude.

“Intelligence and instinct are forms of consciousness which must have interpenetrated each other in their rudimentary state and become dissociated as they grew.” – Henri Bergson

Edge of Town

Material universe
Notion of motion
Original exposition

Moving through space and time on the fringes of civilization, long shutter speeds blur reality into an illusionistic experience. Because we only see energy patterns, the theory or doctrine that the material world is a delusion has merit. Perceivable objects are simply shallow shells hiding a deeper underlying reality.

“Not only do the moments of this duration seem to be external to one another, like bodies in space, but the movement perceived by our senses is the, so to speak, palpable sign of a homogeneous and measurable duration.” – Henri Bergson

A Horse

Silent procession
Field behind stable
Thoroughbred strain

The secret of creation is to seize sharply the opposition between the particular and the universal. In the same indivisible act, simultaneously grasp the former in the latter and the latter in the former.

“Horses make a landscape look beautiful.” – Alice Walker

Out in the Street

All that we see

Schelling desires to expand the Kantian project of freedom via Critical Idealism by including emotional and volitional processes in concert with cognition. Broadly speaking, cognition is the mental process of acquiring comprehension and knowledge through the senses, through thought, and through experience as durational succession. The genuine philosopher rebels against being the prisoner of any system.

“Our intelligence, looking for fixity, masks the flow of time by conceiving it as a juxtaposition of ‘instants’ on a line.” – Leon Jacobson

Interaction Rhetoric

Improvise insolently
Implicit proprieties
Inventive incipit

A roadside attraction that is oblivious to its charms opens up at high speed. All things move relative to one another except the speed of light that is perhaps an absolute universal frame of reference.

“Contrary to what phenomenology–which is always phenomenology of perception–has tried to make us believe, contrary to what our desire cannot fail to be tempted into believing, the thing itself always escapes.” – Jacques Derrida

Face the Light

Oscillating rehearsals
Intended replacement
Individual episode

From forest to prairie, stepping through a transitional zone is a marvelous transformation.

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir


Back in time
Chimney draws
Temporary gain

The accident of individual disposition determines a subjective relationship to actuality. In an adaptive mode, a basic functioning principle centers on creating a comfortable circumstance.

“One of the things life has taught me is that nothing is a matter of indifference if one has a moderately clear view of reality: everything, even what seems least important, produces effects that either help or harm.” – José Ortega y Gasset

Squall Nearing

Strong to severe
Locally deleterious
Approximate representation

The intellect functions both in rational and nonrational ways, as the powers of sense perception are entangled by creativity. Thus a dramatic atmospheric anomaly on the horizon stimulates imagination to translate what is given into astonishment.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

In the Air

On the other side
Pleased to meet you
Autonomous form

Seeing what might be going on, a memo is released from the lake, reflecting on the strong and uncompromising. Using the planet as a prop, the form of everything changes and moves, but time itself is immutable.

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” – Jimi Hendrix