By Greg Kennedy
Plastic luggage, newspapers, pizza bins, razors, watches, diapers, toothbrushes … What makes a specific thing disposable? Which of its homes permits us to regard it as though it didn't topic, or as though it really lacked topic? Why accomplish that many items seem to us as not anything greater than short flashes among checkout-line and landfill? In An Ontology of Trash, Greg Kennedy inquires into the that means of disposable items and explores the character of our prodigious refuse. he's taking trash as a true ontological challenge due to our unsettled relation to nature. The metaphysical force from immanence to transcendence leaves us in an alien global of items tired of significant actual presence. accordingly, they develop into interpreted as beings that by some means primarily lack being, and exist in our technological international basically to vanish. Kennedy explores this troublesome nature and appears for chances of salutary swap.
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I wake up one morning feeling ill with a sharp pain in my neck and can make nothing intelligible of it. I exist as embodied, yet my body remains utterly remote and foreign to me. Without my body, I could not experience and hence would know nothing. However, when thematized, my body utterly baffles me and flees from my intellection. The body, the source of sensitivity, powerfully resists making sense. Heidegger thought that Being as such withdraws as beings come into manifest presence. This perennial withdrawal accounts for our own perpetual conflation of Being and the phenomena that appear.
32 AN ONTOLOGY OF TRASH While the body is highlighted in deceptive modes, it tends to be taken for granted at times of accurate perception. The revelatory power of the body rests precisely upon its self-effacement. Moreover . . this self-effacement is most marked in the case of abstract thought. Insofar as such thinking is regarded as the royal road to truth, this road seems to lead away from the body. When the body reclaims attention it is in the guise of an obstacle on the path: for example, the pain or fatigue that interferes with thought.
The world is the self-disclosing openness of the broad paths of the simple and essential decisions in the destiny of an historical people. The earth is the spontaneous forthcoming of that which is continually self-secluding and to that extent sheltering and concealing. . The world, in resting upon the earth, strives to surmount it. As self-opening it cannot endure anything closed. 10 So even while physis “appears and comes forward” into appearance, even as it throws beings into their limits of revelation, it also has a deeper counterpull toward concealment.
An Ontology of Trash: The Disposable and Its Problematic Nature by Greg Kennedy