217 The Philosophy of Flesh and the Flesh of Philosophy ANNE FREIRE ASHBAUGH Colgate University Perception holds the key to the riddle of man's entanglement with the world. It is the human experience by virtue of which humans incorporate into their ex- istence the fundamentally opposing bents of being. To the knower, these tendencies appear as perspectives from which it is possible to observe the world. In the world, these tendencies assume the forms of showing or hiding, visibility or invisibility, presence or compresence. Whatever the form the opposing of reality takes, it belongs in the same manner to knower and known. So that if there are perspectival elements to perception, the perspectives are worldly- subjective in origin. Perspectivity is not the result of a flaw in the perceptual powers of subjects. The goal of knowledge, therefore, cannot be spelled out in terms of achieving objectivity, or in terms of overriding the perspectivity. The unfortunate relegation of the perspectives to the cogito vitiates the significance of perception and fails to point to the proper source of human knowledge, mainly human interaction with the world. There are perspectives because the world is fragmentary. There are perspectives because knowers are
Research in Phenomenology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1978
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