Monday, April 24, 2017

Image schema, khora and elementals

Continuing this post, there are many other similar notions to Sallis on khora and elements that also help to reconstruct integral theory. One example mentioned is image schema. In this Edwards et al paper they discuss how "metaphors become particularly influential by structuring the reality of virtuality" (120). Metaphors are developed from image schema. The paper emphasizes the particular metaphor of bridging, which pretty much is how image schema operate. Some relevant quotes.

“Remarkably these tensile structures have empty centres. Correspondingly, every point is visible and connectable from every other, suggesting a desirable form of transparency. […] For a tensegrity-oriented approach the centre is a virtual one, rather than being occupied by some dominant body, individual, concept or value. [...] Therefore syn-integral bridging does not follow the ideas of a metaphysical harmony, nor an underlying unity-oriented ideal(ism)" (127-8).

“This liminal bridging moves between concepts, categories and paradigms of thought and forms of practice not ‘in’ them (Chia, 1996, p. 142). It is this relational realm of in-between, with its gaps or interstices and therein unfolding ‘in-tensions’. […] Following Deleuze and Guattari (1980) […] a rhizome-bridge has no beginning or end, but is always in the middle, between things” (128-29).

"As spatial and temporal in-between, bridges and bridging serve not only for coming from one point to another, but help to overcome thinking in points at all" (129).

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