By Charles P. Bigger
Plato's chora as constructed within the Timaeus is an artistic matrix within which issues come up and stand out based on the trap of the nice. Chora is paired with the great, its polar contrary; either are past beingand the metaphors hitherto inspiration to reveal the transcendent. They underlie Plato's contrast of a procreative hole among being and turning into. The chiasmus among the great and chora makes attainable their mutual participation in a single one other. This hole makes attainable either phenomenological and cosmological interpretations of Plato. Metaphor is particular to beings as they seem during this hole throughout the crossing of metaphor's phrases, phrases that stay with, instead of subulate, each other. Hermeneutically, via its iswe can see anything being engendered or decided through that crossing.Bigger's better objective is to align the primacy of the great in Plato and Christian Neoplatonism with the author God of Genesis and the God of affection within the New testomony.
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In the implicate order of saying, the meaningful proximity with another in which something is shown and said is never quite assimilated by the said and, indeed, stands in judgment over it. A poem is, Celan said, a handshake even if no one is present. qxd 04/02/2005 4:56 pm Page 21 1 The Place of Metaphor Then what are images? What has been, what can be perceived again and again, and only here, only now. Hence the poem is the place where all tropes and images want to be led. Paul Celan 1. Old Wine in New Bottles Metaphor, that old, anarchical alchemist, transmutes belief into truth, illusion into reality, ignorance into knowledge—only then to turn around and do the opposite.
For its development we must first turn to the neo-Platonists who abandoned Plato’s transcendent idea of the Good for a fecund One from whom beings were expressive emanations. This pantheism was rejected in the Greek patristic tradition— my mentors in much of what follows—which transformed the Good into the “God without being” on shaky Platonic grounds. To fully articulate the role of the Good, which has reentered recent philosophy through Emanuel Levinas’s grand design, is beyond the scope of my mind and vision.
In the meantime, Derrida’s deconstruction—best thought of with Levinas as a continuation of Kant’s effort to bracket out metaphysics, which, nevertheless, continues to leave its traces in the text—mostly operates within the Ontological Difference. In his work, “The Ends of Man,” Derrida says that there are two ways to escape this metaphysical closure: “One may attempt an exit and a deconstruction without changing terrain, by repeating what is implicit in the founding concepts and original problematic,” but one risks deepening and consolidating the “autism of the closure” one would deconstruct.
Between Chora and the Good: Metaphor's Metaphysical Neighborhood (Perspectives in Continental Philosophy) by Charles P. Bigger