Title: Of Life That Resists – On Michel Henry's Notion of Self-Affection
Authors: Vassilicos, Basil # ×
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: DePaul University
Series Title: Philosophy Today vol:59 issue:3
Abstract: For Michel Henry, the Cartesian notion of ‘videre videor’ (‘I seem to see’) provides the clearest schema of the type of self-affection in which life is experienced, and through which one can provide a properly phenomenological conception of life. It is above all in Henry’s exemplification of the ‘videor’ in terms of affective experience (in undergoing a passion, feeling pain) that one is able to pin down his two principle arguments concerning the nature of this self-affection. The one, regarding the videor as a form of self-awareness, ultimately fails to convince, whereas the same cannot be said for Henry’s analyses of those types of affective experience whose primary characteristic is precisely a form of resistance internal to life itself. This leads to a demonstration of how Henry’s phenomenology of the videor founds an understanding of life that presupposes a form of impotence and limitation, and even finitude, as the very implication of its appearance.
ISSN: 0031-8256
Publication status: accepted
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Electrical Engineering (ESAT) TC, Campus Group T Leuven
Leuven Language Institute (ILT)
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