A Squinting Gaze on the Parallax between Spirit and Nature

Frank Ruda (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Abstract

    A parallax names “the apparent displacement of an object (the shift of its position against a background), caused by a change in observational position that provides a new line of sight.”1 If I close my right eye and look at something I hold in front of me and then repeat the same with my left eye closed, what the respective eyes see differs. Even though I hold in my hand one and the same thing and may not have moved it at all, the thing seems to have changed its position. This is almost too trivial an observation: there can be a difference in and to a thing that appears to be externally caused by the different perspectives from which I look at it. It is spontaneously tempting to understand this as a simple effect of changing our subjective perspective. A parallax would then amount to a subjective change (of perspectives) alone.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationParallax
    Subtitle of host publicationThe Dialectics of Mind and World
    EditorsDominik Finkelde, Slavoj Žižek, Christoph Menke
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherBloomsbury
    Chapter12
    Pages159-171
    Number of pages13
    Edition1
    ISBN (Electronic)9781350172050, 9781350172043
    ISBN (Print)9781350159624
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2021

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