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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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(p.101) Property (p.102)
Nothingness and Desire

James W. Heisig

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter treats the notion of property in a much wider sense than normal in order to draw together some of the many loose ends left dangling in the discussion thus far. It suggests that the primary analogy for property is consciousness of having a body “of one's own.” It begins by considering the notion of ownership or possession of things. It then discusses the body as property and the attachment to objects of desires. It argues that viewing attachment from the intersection of nothingness and desire helps distinguish desires from their objects and leads to a level of desire that has no proper object. This leaves the question of how to satisfy everyday desires without becoming attached to them but also without simply detaching ourselves from the enjoyment of the life that is on loan to us. We need habits that guide our balance without exacting moral heroism of us in our daily lives. Where our possessions are concerned, the acquisition of new those habits can be trying in the extreme.

Keywords:   property, body, ownership, consciousness, nothingness, desire

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