Surplus of Seeing and Cognition

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Bakthin, Mikhail. "Author and Hero in Aesthetic Activity". In Art and Answerability: Early Philosophical Essays by MM Bakhtin, edited by Michael Holquist and Vadim Liapunov, 4-231. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1990.

  • Cognition surmounts [my concrete outsidedness]...Cognition constructs a unitary and universally valid world, a world independent in every respect from that concrete and unique position which is occupied by this or that individual. For cognition, there is no absolutely inconvertible relationship of I and all others; for cognition, "I and the other," inasmuch as they are being thought, constitute a relationship that is relative and convertible, since the cognitive subiectum as such does not occupy any determinate, concrete place in being. (p.23)

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