Can spirit be defined?
The more you try to define it, the more it eludes you. What is left is only the poverty of an absolute nudity. To 'define' means to 'go around' something, to 'delimit' it, to 'seize' it, to 'possess' it, to 'include' it into your understanding. The spirit does not permit this.
Spirit refuses to be 'defined'. You can only define the 'what' (what it is) of a substantial essence. But the WHAT (what it is) of the spirit is always evanescent. There never remains but a THAT.
I cannot seize the spirit. It is the spirit which, already, seizes me. It is the one which 'defines' me, which 'includes' me and my intellectual possibilities. Those ones cannot include it in turn. Does this mean that the spirit is only ghostly illusion? Of course not. Because the spirit can be apprehended. You make permanently the relevant experiment of its presence and of its reality. It calls for an intelligibility of the openess.
Spirit is gaping. It can thus be apprehended only in gaping. Beyond its évanescent 'what' you experiment the 'that' of the act of its sudden appearance. You can however get some 'idea' of it. but only a 'negative' one.
It has neither matter nor space-time dimensions. Does this mean it is without 'substance'? A kind of epiphenomenon? An illusion? A sham? A simple conceptual ideality? The materialist monism can only refuse any 'reality' of its own for the spirit. If, indeed, the total reality is of only one order, namely the material order, which place could remain for the spirit? Its order, indeed, is not that of matter. Its reality has to be sought in an 'other' radical different order.
Which is thus this 'specific reality' of the spirit? Is it simply 'virtual', as in the Buddhist 'idealism' where the spirit is fundamentally reduced to the not-substance of a kind of state of consciousness? Against the monist approaches of what is 'real', it is necessary to return to dialectics and to approach the total real in tension between contrary polarities in direct opposition. Spirit is thus the 'different' one which provokes the 'same' one OUT. Not a substantial 'what' but a dynamic act.
The spirit is where it is not. Not in a fullness but in a gap. A void which crosses the fullness. An empty plenitude. A full vacuum. It is not nowhere in particular. It acts everywhere at the same time. The spirit is in distance. The spirit intervenes. It is INTER. It is between. The spirit reads between the lines.
|01 Human Paradox A paradoxal animal Human paradox In rupture An animal in crisis An animal 'less' (something) Premature and naked Child of the difference Child of elsewhere||02 Verticality Middle and extremes Tropism to upwards Divine instinct The vertical living Vertical interiority The personal mystery In strict immanence||03 Gaping Depths Gaping deepness Child of gaping Gaping on an other order Gaping of meaning Gaping on the questioning Gaping of matter Gaping of existence In vertical gaping Negative anthropology|
|04 Sacral Difference Sacral dimension The sacral difference Sacral crisis The archaeological sacred Sacral verticality Hiero-tropic space-time||05 Human Environment Human space Closed and open Curvature of space Negative space Space of the sense Including and included Between Alpha and Omega||06 The Matrix of Humanity Child of a culture Human matrix Culture and cultures Master speech Refusing the enclosures|
|07 The Spirit The spiritual reality How define it? Going through DIS-tinction The spirit says no Dialectics||08 Spiritual Breath Breathing Spiritual energy Making sense To signify Sense is through gaping Speech and language Symbol Faith||09 The Sense of Sense The Sense The space of the sense The house of the sense Including and included sense Confinement Master and possessor of sense|
|10 The Reason Science Constituted and constituent Scientific dialectics Bubble Between Structure and sense||11 The Meaning Demiurge of the significances Through To run here and there Mechanism Trough articulation Articulable matter||12 Systems Analysis Systemics The system Systemic operation Energy Tanks|
|13 Oïkology Impossible closing Systemic totality The house of the spirit Ecology We sinned||14 Exodus Spiritual adventure Out of safety measures Out of the cave Logos in exodus||15 Through Difference Difference Starting from difference Crossing the duality A logic of crossing Chance|
|16 Dialectics Going through 'no' Fundamental dynamics Dia-logos The fourth dimension Passover dialectics||17 Alliance Broken Alliance Rupture of the bond The prodigal son Atheism State of grace||18 History Emergence of History Impossible totalizing Trans-historic verticality The sense in exodus Between Alpha and Omega|
|19 Fertile Confrontation Singular adventure Dialectical gestation Antithesis Two revolutions Exponents A long gestation Explosiveness||20 Progress What is progress? Source of The progress Exponential acceleration The tool of progrès Why it isn't working Wedged exponential growth Progressive illusion||21 Schizoid Tautological speech Idealism Master and possessor Flirt with nothingness God driven out Without the Father Without recourse Psychosis|
|22 The Other One Arising The other one Exposed To tell the other one||23 Adventurers Components and exponents Adventurers of eschatology Today||24 Through Scandal Gaping mystery of evil Trough distance Congenital evil Entropy in the human hearth|
|25 Agape Gaping of Eros Captive desire Eros and Agape Going down Defeated entropy||26 God in You Tropism for Agape Bottomless bottom Cleaning the sources Let you fall You fall into God||Autor|