In strict immanence

The copernician inversion of modernity is turning radical. It does not want to be only methodological. It wants to be metaphysical. It burns at the same time the bridges linking to metaphysics.

The human possibilities assumed themselves in anthropocentric rationality. But in their enclosure in immanence they could not forget their historic and congenital opening to the transcendence of reason. The rationalist systems of the XVII century thus remain more in continuity than in rupture with the large currents of traditional metaphysics.

More specifically `modern' will be the empiricist rupture. Started in the XVII century, it will dominate the next century and inspire largely the other ones. 1690: `Essay concerning Human Understanding' by John Locke. - 1710: `Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge’ by George Berkeley. - 1739: `Treatise of Human Nature' by David Hume. - 1748: `Philosophical Essay concerning Human Understanding' by David Hume - 1754: `Traité des Sensations by Etienne Condillac.

In themselves, those some titles cover a whole program. A critical approach of the understanding. Priority is given to the sensations. The human possibility remains in strict immanence. All `metaphysical', being is expelled. The being and the knowledge are brought back within the strict limits of `physics'. There, within the limits of the immanence, reigns only one materialistic monism. The superior is reduced to the inferior. The whole is reduced to the part. The inferior explains the superior. The part explains the whole.

From now on the human possibility becomes center of the totality. The truth on all things starts from the human thought. It is the foundation of all knowledge. God himself, still guarantor of my obviousness, gets only obvious through the clear and distinct idea of my thought? "I am thinking God who guarantees the truth of my thought", isn’t that a vicious circle? Descartes, however, is not yet completely so far. For him; when we think about what is imperfect and that which is finite we can do it only on a basis of perfection and infinity. We have thus in us the clear and distinct idea of an absolutely perfect being. What is the chance of existence of this perfect being? Just go back to the ‘idea’! The existence is necessarily inherent – the ontological argument - with the idea. But where is this idea coming from? It cannot come from nothing nor can it come totally from ourselves. It is ours, certainly, but at the same time it refers still to elsewhere. How long can such a thinking go on?

Even without being the creator of a clear and distinct idea ex nihilo, it is nevertheless in my possibility that this idea becomes aware of itself. And it is this possibility which from now lodges the doubt. Is there a God? And isn’t he misleading?



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
The spirit says no
08 Spiritual Breath
Spiritual energy
Making sense
To signify
Sense is through gaping
Speech and language
09 The Sense of Sense
The Sense
The space of the sense
The house of the sense
Including and included sense
Master and possessor of sense
10 The Reason
Constituted and constituent
Scientific dialectics
Structure and sense
11 The Meaning
Demiurge of the significances
To run here and there
Trough articulation
Articulable matter
12 Systems Analysis
The system
Systemic operation
13 Oïkology
Impossible closing
Systemic totality
The house of the spirit
We sinned
14 Exodus
Spiritual adventure
Out of safety measures
Out of the cave
Logos in exodus
15 Through Difference
Starting from difference
Crossing the duality
A logic of crossing
16 Dialectics
Going through 'no'
Fundamental dynamics
The fourth dimension
Passover dialectics
17 Alliance
Broken Alliance
Rupture of the bond
The prodigal son
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
Two revolutions
A long gestation
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
Master and possessor
Flirt with nothingness
God driven out
Without the Father
Without recourse
22 The Other One
The other one
To tell the other one
23 Adventurers
Components and exponents
Adventurers of eschatology
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