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Seeing Differently by Amelia Jones

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Seeing and Reconceiving Difference

Concluding Thoughts, Without Final Conclusions

The instability of levels [of perception] produces not only the intellectual experience of disorder, but the vital experience of giddiness and nausea, which is the awareness of our contingency, and the horror with which it fills us.

Maurice Merleau-Ponty1

Merleau-Ponty once again gets to the heart of the matter through his phenomenological slicing into human experience, the fundamentally disorienting quality of being a subject in space and time. Focusing on the perceptual body in space, he indirectly (yet incisively) exposes the psychic dimensions of how we are in the world of others.2 Expanding on his insights, we could say that experiencing difference throws ...

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