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Nothingness and DesireA Philosophical Antiphony$
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James W. Heisig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838850

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838850.001.0001

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Nothingness and Desire

Nothingness and Desire

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Nothingness and Desire
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James W. Heisig

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838850.003.0001

This chapter discusses the notions of nothingness and desire. It describes them as guiding fictions that serve heuristic and hermeneutic functions. Their heuristic function is to provide nets to cast out upon a vast fund of philosophical texts in order to draw forth a small selection of material relevant to the conversation. Their hermeneutic function is to focus attention on the construction of a framework for posing questions and arriving at a response to them. The chapter also addresses the question of whether human desire can reach satisfaction in the act of desiring itself out of existence and into nothingness. It argues that nothingness is not the object of desire and desire does not seek fulfillment in nothingness for the simple reason that desire and nothingness are one and the same thing, only viewed from different perspectives. All desire is an expression of the point at which nothingness and being intersect. Conversely, nothingness is an expression of the point at which the desire for objects and the desire to be free of objects of desire intersect.

Keywords:   nothingness, desire, guiding fiction, object

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