… amor… saber… potência… Maio 23, 2013Posted by paulo jorge vieira in Uncategorized.
§ What is Philosophy? Gloss of a Sentence of Giorgio Agamben’s
“In its deepest intention, philosophy is a firm assertion of potentiality, the construction of an experience of the possible as such.”
in its deepest intention
Philosophy, it is said, begins in wonder. Wonder, however, is both a noun and a verb. Noun: “A feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.” Verb: “The desire, or curiosity, to know something.”
In that light, philosophy is not so much—or not simply—‘the love of wisdom,’ but instead marks the passage from wonder as a noun to wonder as a verb. Philosophy is the love of wisdom to the extent that it remains an incitement to it.
a firm assertion
To philosophize has often been to argue. ‘Argument’ comes from the Latin arguere, to make clear. To argue might then be said to mean to give an idea of, to clarify. In the very divergence of the arguments used and the positions held, what argument and the recourse to it in philosophy testify to before all else— what they clarify—is, precisely, the nature of the possible.
Potentiality and possibility alike concern ability or capacity: what may be. ‘A firm assertion of potentiality,’ is, in the first place, an affirmation of the importance of what may be to what is. What isis not what it is without what it may be, or may have been. Likewise, and after its own fashion, what may be is. Wonder enters the picture between potentiality and actuality, and philosophy affirms their articulation: Surprised admiration at what is gives place to what had not yet existed, the desire to know it.
the construction of
To construct is a transitive verb, which means that to construct is always to construct something. It is to take something that is given and to make of it something that was not, something it was not, something else. It is to take something as it is for something it may be.
Experience shares the same root as experiment.
of the possible as such
Neither this nor that possibility, but possibility in general, what makes the possible what it is: What there is not, yet, beyond the desire, its experience: what it might be to know.
(um pedaço deste pequeno livro delicioso que vale a pena ler. chama-se “What is Philosophy?”, escrito por Michael Munro, editado pela punctum books, e pode se ler todo aqui)