mercredi 14 juillet 2021

Partiality in the ontology of mesology

Rodrigo Cáceres

This article aims to articulate and develop an immediate consequence of the mesological perspective (Uexküll’s Umweltlehre, Watsuji’s fûdogaku, Berque’s mésologie) concerning the concept of partiality and its correlates of inclusion and exclusion.


The mesological perspective is a paradigm or epistemological perspective that attempts to go beyond the dualisms that characterize western modernity in order to recosmize our place within mediance, i.e. the structural moment of our human existence. In other words, its purpose is to reintegrate the unity of the dynamic coupling and concrescence (growing together) of the individual with its surroundings. This mesological horizon appears as a deep criticism of the notion of an ‘objective universe’ of objects ‘in themselves’ which has taken hold of the western imaginary since the scientific revolution. The same development towards abstraction has also taken place from the side of the subject, mainly through Descartes’ res cogitans, the thinking substance which is independent from its milieu. Against these developments towards the abstraction of both subject and object, alienating them from each other, mesology’s aim is to reconcretize or synthesize the unitary character of mediance, where both subject and object are connected and in constant mutual configuration.


crédits image : Andre Derain (1880-1954) "Vue de Donnemarie-en-Montois"