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Meeting PlaceThe Human Encounter and the Challenge of Coexistence$
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Paul Carter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816685363

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816685363.001.0001

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Enigma Variations

Enigma Variations

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(p.96) Enigma Variations
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Meeting Place
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Paul Carter

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816685363.003.0017

A discussion of the philosophical significance of thinking dyadically, in terms of a fundamental relation across difference. (Meeting cannot be thought from one side or point of view.) Merleau-Ponty’s notion of the chiasm attempts to deal with this inhibition of western metaphysics. In societies that are organized into moieties (Australian Aboriginal societies, but also the Amazonian Bororo), thinking the self doubly, as a social relation, is unproblematic. In trying to bring these insights into a place-making practice the experiments of Arakawa and Gins are exemplary. In any case the difficulty of defining meeting suggests a ‘chi complex’, a philosophical aporia focused on the place where lines cross and instead of fusing cancel out.

Keywords:   Eros, Encounter, Public space, Choreography, The common place, Giacometti, Discourse, performance

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