Transition Consciousness

I am extremely pleased to be able to announce not only the name but also the cover text from Henri Bortoft’s new book Taking Appearance Seriously, due to be published by Floris Books this autumn.

Taking Appearance Seriously

The Dynamic Way of Seeing in Goethe and European Thought

Henri Bortoft

208 pages, Royal format, £16.99 paperback, Floris Books, Edinburgh

October 25, 2012

The history of western metaphysics from Plato onwards is dominated by the dualism of being and appearance. What something really is (its true being) is believed to be hidden behind the “mere appearances” through which it manifests.

Twentieth century European thinkers radically overturned this foundation. With Martin Heidegger and Hans-Georg Gadamer came a major step towards taking appearance seriously, exploring a way of seeing that draws attention back “upstream” from what is experienced into the act of experiencing. Understood in this way, perception is a dynamic event…

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