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Re: [xmca] Ambivalence and system

Romantic science, Larry?

On Nov 19, 2011, at 12:37 PM, Larry Purss <lpscholar2@gmail.com> wrote:

> I wanted to reflect a little more on the centrality of ambivalence as
> inherent in all systemic conceptual worldviews by a backward glance to the
> tension between early German Romanticism and German Idealism.
> This is not an arena I know well but Andy's writings have clled me tlearn
> more.
> I am reading a book on Schlegel's contribution to the ideas circulating in
> Jena at the beginning of the 1800's. A time which has been referred to as
> Early German Romanticism.
> Schlegel wrote this comment when reflecting on thinking systematically.
> "It is equally fatal for the spirit to have a system and to have none. It
> will simply have to decide to combine the two"
> This comment seems to share the same sensibility as Zygmunt Bauman's notion
> of "ambivalence" as ontological to all system constructions.  "liquid
> modernity" as diachronic versus more structural notions of solid modernity
> is a case in point.
> Every philosopher must have a system, for to make claims and construct
> arguments, we must assume some system, FOR WE NEED LIMITS, but this must be
> done with the recognition that ANY particular system is a PART of a
> PLURALITY of other systems.  This is the recognition that one must
> simultaneouslly be WITHIN a system and be without it.
> This way of thinking, which can be framed as "romantic" [no final system]
> is also hermeneutic.
> Just further reflections on the ontological necessity of ambivalence at the
> heart of our projects.
> Larry
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