Immediacy and Meaning: J. K. Huysmans and the Immemorial Origin of Metaphysics

Immediacy and Meaning: J. K. Huysmans and the Immemorial Origin of Metaphysics

by Caitlin Smith Gilson


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Immediacy and Meaning seeks to approach the odd uneasiness at root in all metaphysical meaning; that the human knower attempts to mediate what cannot be mediated; that there is a pre-cognitive immemorial immediacy to Being that renders its participants irreducible, incommunicable and personal. The dilemma of metaphysics rests on the relationship between the spectator and the player, both as essential responses to the immediacy of Being. Immediacy and Meaning is an attempt to pause, but without retreat, to be a spectator within the game, to gain access into this immediate Presence, for a moment only perhaps, before the signatory failure into metaphysical language returbans us to the mediated. J. K. Huysman's semi-autobiographical tetralogy anchors this book as a meditation, neither purely poetic nor only philosophical; it claims a unique territory when attempting to speak what cannot be spoken. The unnerving merits of nominalism, the difficulties of an honest appraisal of efficacious prayer, the mad sanity of the muse, the relationship between the uncreated and the created, and an originary ethics of antagonism, each serves to clarify the formation of a new epistemology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501344671
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/23/2018
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 800,607
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Caitlin Smith Gilson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of the Holy Cross, New Orleans, USA. She is the author of Metaphysical Presuppositions of Being-in-the-World (2010) and The Philosophical Question of Christ (2014), both published by Bloomsbury.

Table of Contents

Preface: Stating the Problem of Metaphysics
Prologue: En Route to Memory
Part I: St. Thomas and the Paradox of Mediation and Intentionality
Part II: Re-Approaching Immediacy
Part III: Efficacious Prayer, Suffering and Self-Presence
Epilogue: Heaven: They Do Things Differently There

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