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Pub. Date: December 2013
At one and the same time the poet in me sinks and the rebel in me flies. The rebel encounters himself in the poet in whom the vision is drowned. The poet encounters himself in the rebel and becomes philosopher, the bearer of the vision of vision. Being this tension the ego falls in love with both. Fragments are the forgotten whispers of such falling.
Philosophy arises in a philosophical world. It is pure conceptuality, the vision that is empty of being, the thinking of being without being, gathered in a single mind as the topos of the gathering of visionary concepts. As thinking thought, the thinker expands infinitely to embrace the ‘we’, albeit only in principle. In this sense his embracing remains unpopulated. The philosopher knows that the house that philosophy builds is to become the dwelling of those who arrive from the distant future. Philosophy is a welcoming from a far. This is the highest manifestation of the gathering’s power to ‘submit to infinite pain’ and withstand its own self as the vortex of otherness. It sinks into the depth of its kenosis without losing itself. In and out of this deepening philosophy emerges from the cosmic darkness that the gathering gathers. In philosophy the gathering recollects its being as a thanatology–as the dying of its death–through which it practices a defiant and visionary emerging of love out of death–that of the concept and of history.
The challenge of philosophy today is no longer the ‘new’. The challenge is the ‘old’, or rather the oldest of the old, the place in which philosophy happens as the happening that is philosophy; and it happens in the retreat of the gathering-we. So not the creation of the new but the presencing of what is always present—the presencing of the indeterminate gathering, as the place of redemption of the ones who have already lost everything, even the loss itself.
About the Author
George Vassilacopoulos teaches in the Philosophy Department at LaTrobe University.