- Tumblr friend: If you're confused then there may be no sense in it. Just another escape from reality and justifying oneself by hiding from reality.
- My reply: Try reading David Abram's "Becoming Animal". You'll see that the philosophy I'm talking about is the opposite of escaping from reality. It's about reconnecting our bodies with the ecologies that sustain us. Thinking and reflecting is not opposed to life, but is a fundamental part of living more fully.
Can anyone help familiarise me with the affinities and disjunctures between the respective empiricisms of Gilles Deleuze and Maurice Merleau-Ponty?
I’ve been inspired by Deleuze for years, but never really understood his dismissal of what he calls phenomenology’s “simple appeal to lived experience”. The breathtaking ecological writings of David Abram, though, are making me increasingly sympathetic towards Merleau-Ponty and the phenomenological project. So now I’m all confused again, but I guess that’s a sign of learning.