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.
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|The Dialectics of Mind and World
|Dominik Finkelde, Slavoj Žižek, Christoph Menke
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|Published - 12 Aug 2021