By Andreas Weber
Meaning, feeling and expression – the event of inwardness – topic so much in human life. the viewpoint of biopoetics exhibits that this adventure is shared by means of all organisms. Being alive potential to exist via kin that experience existential trouble, and to precise those dimensions during the physique and its gestures. All existence occurs inside of one poetic house that's shared among all beings and that's obtainable via subjective sensual adventure. We participate in this via our empirical subjectivity, which arises from the reviews and desires of residing beings, and which makes them open to entry and sharing in a poetic objectivity. Biopoetics breaks unfastened from the causal-mechanic paradigm which made biology not able to account for brain and that means. Biology turns into a technological know-how of expression, connection and subjectivity that could comprehend all organisms together with people as feeling brokers in a shared ecology of significant family, embedded in a symbolical and fabric metabolism of the biosphere.
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It also does not mean that I deny the reality or the communicability of human consciousness. It simply means that meaning is transparent already in many ways before—and beyond— consciousness. It means that on a level of biopoetic enquiry, body and meaning are one and the same, only seen from different angles. 28 3 Expression Embodied Cognition Is Poetic Expression Lets turn back to the “expressive” dimension in the pure fact of morphological presence of living things. This sensual presence may well be the “surplus of meaning” Varela talks about—and this just in the sense that an observer does not know how to cope with all these impressions overwhelming him from the realm of organisms realizing their living.
Without the flesh of a living cell or a multitude of them it is unthinkable. Subjectivity is deeply entangled with matter. Final causation, the goal-directedness of life, is an emotional process. It is not abstract at the first place, not about understandung and structuring reality according to a scheme outside of it. Subjectivity is felt concern. All “higher” manifestations of it are tied to this primitive level that matters most. ” Maybe the most important aspect of subjectivity, which has to do with all of those other qualities, is that it is shared.
But it is exactly by the passing of alien matter as part of itself that the whole maintains its spacial system, the living form. From a material point of view it is never the same and although it keeps its identity exactly by not keeping the same matter. If it ever will be the same as the sum of its matter it has ceased to live : : : ” (Jonas 1973:120). For Jonas the organism’s identity thus is something very different from its material composition. Not during short moment the organism as a whole is materially identical with itself.
Biopoetics: Towards an Existential Ecology by Andreas Weber