Tuesday, May 7, 2013

What we think about when we think about thinking... then write about it.

From: Reanimation Library

"In contrast, pre-reflective self-consciousness is pre-reflective in the sense that (1) it is an awareness we have before we do any reflecting on our experience; (2) it is an implicit and first-order awareness rather than an explicit or higher-order form of self-consciousness. Indeed, an explicit reflective self-consciousness is possible only because there is a pre-reflective self-awareness that is an on-going and more primary self-consciousness. Although phenomenologists do not always agree on important questions about method, focus, or even whether there is an ego or self, they are in close to unanimous agreement about the idea that the experiential dimension always involves such an implicit pre-reflective self-awareness."
— Shaun Gallagher and Dan Zahavi, "Phenomenological Approaches to Self-Consciousness"
(Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
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"[…] Designed so you can read the Wake on top of its open pages, [Roland] McHugh’s book [Annotations to Finnegans Wake] matches the Wake page for page, line by line, making it easy to take in a note with a quick glance. The Annotations scatter a thousand points of light through [James] Joyce’s nocturnal maze, illuminating countless intertextual allusions and literary quotations, biographical and historical references, musical notations and songs, geographical places, mythical beings, fragments of philosophy and religion – the list goes on. Additionally, McHugh untangles some of Joyce’s more difficult puns, parodic phrasings, and compound neologisms, often identifying and translating fragments borrowed from other languages. (Often I found myself, when stricken by the incomprehensible suddenly made obvious, slapping my head and muttering, 'D’oh!')"
The Brazen Head, A James Joyce Public House

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