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Desire and Subcritical Life: An Attempted Rapprochement between Renaud Barbaras and Contemporary Systems Science

Desire and Subcritical Life: An Attempted Rapprochement between Renaud Barbaras and Contemporary... © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156916411X558918 Research in Phenomenology 41 (2011) 90–108 brill.nl/rp R e s e a r c h i n P h e n o m e n o l o g y Desire and Subcritical Life: An Attempted Rapprochement between Renaud Barbaras and Contemporary Systems Science 1 Zachary Simpson University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Abstract Recent work by Renaud Barbaras on the definition of life has shown the fecundity of a phe- nomenological approach that sees absence as having a positive status. This phenomenon allows Barbaras to identify life with “desire,” the indefinite exploration of the exterior world. It also allows Barbaras to defeat competing definitions of life in the sciences, particularly biology. In this paper, I propose a mutual complementarity between the work of Barbaras and that in con- temporary systems science, namely by Stuart Kauffman, suggesting that scientific concepts of subcriticality may allow for more overlap between phenomenological and scientific definitions of life than Barbaras acknowledges. Keywords Barbaras, Kauffman, desire, life, subcritical In a number of recent publications—some in this journal—after his Being of the Phenomenon and surrounding the publication of Desire and Distance , Renaud Barbaras has http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Desire and Subcritical Life: An Attempted Rapprochement between Renaud Barbaras and Contemporary Systems Science

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 41 (1): 90 – Jan 1, 2011

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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156916411X558918 Research in Phenomenology 41 (2011) 90–108 brill.nl/rp R e s e a r c h i n P h e n o m e n o l o g y Desire and Subcritical Life: An Attempted Rapprochement between Renaud Barbaras and Contemporary Systems Science 1 Zachary Simpson University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Abstract Recent work by Renaud Barbaras on the definition of life has shown the fecundity of a phe- nomenological approach that sees absence as having a positive status. This phenomenon allows Barbaras to identify life with “desire,” the indefinite exploration of the exterior world. It also allows Barbaras to defeat competing definitions of life in the sciences, particularly biology. In this paper, I propose a mutual complementarity between the work of Barbaras and that in con- temporary systems science, namely by Stuart Kauffman, suggesting that scientific concepts of subcriticality may allow for more overlap between phenomenological and scientific definitions of life than Barbaras acknowledges. Keywords Barbaras, Kauffman, desire, life, subcritical In a number of recent publications—some in this journal—after his Being of the Phenomenon and surrounding the publication of Desire and Distance , Renaud Barbaras has

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Published: Jan 1, 2011

Keywords: Barbaras; desire; life; subcritical; Kauffman

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