Sunday, May 9, 2010

Cartesian Anxiety

I love this quote.
The feeling of anxiety arises from the craving for an absolute ground. When this craving cannot be satisfied, the only possibility seems to be nihilism or anarchy. The search for an absolute ground can take many forms, but given the logic of representationism, the tendency is to search either for an outer ground in the world or an inner ground in the mind. By treating mind and world as opposed subjective and objective poles, the Cartesian anxiety oscillates endlessly between the two in search of a ground. (p. 141).

Varela, F., Thompson, E., & Rosch, E. (1991). The embodied mind: Cognitive science and human experience. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

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