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Dark WritingGeography, Performance, Design$
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Paul Carter

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832469

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832469.001.0001

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Drawing the Line: Putting Spatial History into Practice

Drawing the Line: Putting Spatial History into Practice

(p.79) Chapter 3 Drawing the Line: Putting Spatial History into Practice
Dark Writing

Paul Carter

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses two theories of creativity that struggle with the incapacity of logical thinking to think change. Toward the end of his life, the philosopher of phenomenology, Edmund Husserl, realized that his theory of ideal forms could not explain how these forms were transmitted. In his Origin of Geometry, he imagined the interaction of ideas and history occurring through “an act of concomitant production.” This idea turns out to be a variation on the much older, Platonic concept of participation or methexis. The discussion of these ideas shows how a new thinking (and drawing) practice does not abandon the line but goes inside it. The line is always the trace of earlier lines. However perfectly it copies what went before, the very act of retracing it represents a new departure.

Keywords:   Edmund Husserl, ideal forms, participation, methexis, creativity, Origin of Geometry

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