File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_2001/bourdieu.0110, message 9

Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 17:25:04 +0100
Subject: Re: Crucial Questions on Life

Experience of identified reality is the work of memory on previous learning. Not that sets of 'mental images' are brought up one after the other alonside the perceived sensation until one of them matches the 'percept', thus leading to 'identification' (recall Sartre's experience while waiting for his friend at the cafe in Being and Nothingness). But, the process of perception (cognition) and recognition work simultaneously to produce the effect of 'perception', metaphorically and variously identified with seeing, hearing, tasting, etc. Also, all forms of 'remembering', 'recollecting', 'reflecting' - all of which are metaphorical attempts at describing the fundamental being of conscousness, that is, 'being conscious of (something)'.

To give ontological status to sensations (separate from the whole process of sensation) could be as dangerous as giving it to the verbal, symbolic representations of these same sensations, i.e. words. 

(Surely, all of this is too dogmatic, but hopefully it may at least instigate further thinking)



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