Hyperdialectic: A Structural and Structuring Heuristics

Dynamics of Opposites: Hyperdialectic

What
 we
 call 
hyperdialectic 
is 
a
 thought…that
 is
 capable
 of 
reaching 
truth 
because 
it
 envisages 
without restriction 
the
 plurality 
of 
the
 relationships 
and
 what 
has 
been 
called ambiguity. The bad dialectic 
is
 that 
which
 thinks
 it 
recomposes
 being 
by 
a 
thetic 
thought, by 
an
 assemblage
 of 
statements, 
by 
thesis,
 antithesis,
 and 
synthesis; 
the
 good 
dialectic
 is 
that
 which
 is
 conscious 
of 
the fact 
that
 every
 thesis
 is 
an
 idealization, that
 Being 
is
 not 
made 
up
 of
 idealizations
 or 
of 
things
 said, 
as
 the 
old
 logic 
believed, 
but 
of 
bound
 wholes 
where
 signification 
never 
is 
except 
in tendency*, where the inertia of the content never permits the defining of one term as positive, another term as negative, and still less a third term as absolute suppression of the negative by itself. (Merleau-Ponty The Visible and Invisible)

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Notes on Saving Icarus: Lin Yutang’s Pseudo-Scientific Formula for Wisdom

Self-Realization vs Self-Help

Our century is filled with formulas for living, statistical  empirical studies, tests and proofs of what brings happiness, what constitutes the good life that, you may notice, provided you don’t get caught in the hype, only corroborate age old wisdom for happy happening, found in every cultures and especially religious traditions/institutions, like marriage, going to church/synagogue and other rituals, respect of the elders etc…   The promise of Seligman’s learned optimism against learned helplessness, started with humanistic psychology, has degenerated into the overly statistical science of happiness, known as positive psychology. Continue reading

Wabi-Sabi ( Léonard Koren): Voir la vie en Wabi-Sabi

Sauvegarder le Wabi-Sabi

Je ne saurais dire si Léonard Koren, un occidental, a saisit les nuances de l’esthétique japonnaise Wabi-Sabi, étant moi-même de culture occidentale. Cependant l’autorité et la passion qu’il met à en traiter, si elles ne sont pas gages de fidélité, en tous cas me parlent. Il semble tout de même y avoir un paradoxe à écrire un tel livre, quand on sait que le Zen est au coeur du Wabi-Sabi (ou est-ce le contraire?): un système de pensée, (une mystique?), un art de vivre plutôt réservé aux seuls initiés, mais surtout qui se défie de tout intellectualisme, donc de la mise par écrit de son enseignement. L’auteur qui n’ignore pas ce fait, néanmoins, justifie sa démarche par la sauvegarde écrite du patrimoine culturel, comme c’est souvent le cas lorsqu’une tradition ancienne est menacée. En effet, Koren veut préserver le Wabi-Sabi de l’exploitation erronée de ses concepts, qu’en font les occidentaux. D’autre part, Koren nous informe de l’ exploitation commerciale courante des produits Wabi-Sabi par le système Iemoto japonnais (p.16), système qui a tout à y gagner, en conservant au Wabi-Sabi son aura mystérieuse. Continue reading