The other day, I was writing some transitions between the sections of the dissertation – those intros, conclusions and summaries (or signposts) that Sam told me are needed every 3-5(!!!) pages. Well, I’m not putting them in that frequently, that would drive me totally nuts, so I’ll wait and see how readable is this monster to my actually current first reader :). But here’s a little piece of theory that made it’s way into one of those summaries.
This section has taken us directly into the light, and has given us, hopefully, a good glimpse of what the light feels like. While trying to stay within the atmosphere of this white light, let us now retrace a bit from these somewhat ephemeral descriptions of feelings, moods and attitudes, from the noetic descriptions of how the white makes us feel, and spend some time in the noematic aspect, looking at how it has been painted, and what in the painting contributes to this particular atmosphere and feeling. In the next section we will start with talking about the white light, the place is it coming from and how it has been painted. This will inevitably keep bringing us back into the noetic descriptions of sense perception (mainly vision) as well as other faculties. Phenomenology in the end is about the chiasm of the seer and the seen through the seeing, of the one who touches and who is touched through the touching, and it is one of the most inspiring and insightful aspects of a bodily phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty’s style, to ponder about and try to understand what it meant that there is no subject-object divide, what it means that we actually see and touch the things themselves, that we see them with our eyes and touch them with our hands, and not have some abstract impressions of abstract qualities somewhere in our brain or mind, of something that might or might not actually exist somewhere out there, and might or might not actually be the way it appears to us. This is why, while describing noetmatically, what it is that we see, we will keep shifting to how we see it, and how it requires us to see it, and back again, to what it is we see and how it looks. The next section will provide the core insights about attuning to the white in spheres other than emotional, temporal and partially social that have been already introduced in this section.