By Andreas Weber
Meaning, feeling and expression – the event of inwardness – subject such a lot in human life. the viewpoint of biopoetics indicates that this adventure is shared by means of all organisms. Being alive capacity to exist via kinfolk that experience existential main issue, and to specific those dimensions during the physique and its gestures. All existence happens inside one poetic house that's shared among all beings and that's available via subjective sensual event. We participate in this via our empirical subjectivity, which arises from the reviews and wishes of dwelling beings, and which makes them open to entry and sharing in a poetic objectivity. Biopoetics breaks loose from the causal-mechanic paradigm which made biology not able to account for brain and which means. Biology turns into a technological know-how of expression, connection and subjectivity that could comprehend all organisms together with people as feeling brokers in a shared ecology of significant kinfolk, embedded in a symbolical and fabric metabolism of the biosphere.
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Its reality, paradoxical, and in steady contradiction to mechanical nature, is fundamentally a continued crisis whose management is never sure and always only its continuation as crisis” (Jonas 1973:16). Only as antinomy, as paradox, life is conceivable at all. This reading is not a brute naturalism that makes the survival functions of body the scale of good or worse. With Jonas we can see that the basic style of organic experience can be integrated in the vision of a conditio naturalis whose shape has strong similarity with the antinomies of human existence.
The theory of evolution has once for all destroyed the possibility of any dualistic ontology. If the claim is right that all life forms are related to one another, then there can be not two different phenomenal domains. g. Wilson (1984, 1993) takes. For Jonas subjectivity, so clearly experienced by ourselves, is a principle every scientific account has to cope with, and no mere epiphenomenon. It rather is the most concrete phenomenon we can have access to: “If men is a relative of the animals, then also the animals are relatives of man and in certain degrees they must display this inner dimension of which man, the most progressed of his genus, is so clearly aware”(Jonas 1973:190).
Instead of separating the world into the lifeless objectivity of matter and the arbitrary subjectivity of the unrestricted human mind who is free to chose whatever it wishes, as the common scientific approach has done, we need to see that subjectivity is not free and unrestricted, as it is coupled to the rules through which it emerges as a body. It is empirical, as an embodied subject also is an empirical reality. It is intrinsic to lifemaking, as skin or membrane is. We share subjectivity to truly become subjects.
Biopoetics: Towards an Existential Ecology by Andreas Weber