By Andreas Weber
Meaning, feeling and expression – the adventure of inwardness – subject such a lot in human lifestyles. the viewpoint of biopoetics indicates that this event is shared through all organisms. Being alive potential to exist via family members that experience existential situation, and to specific those dimensions in the course of the physique and its gestures. All lifestyles occurs inside of one poetic area that's shared among all beings and that's obtainable via subjective sensual event. We participate in this via our empirical subjectivity, which arises from the studies and desires of residing beings, and which makes them open to entry and sharing in a poetic objectivity. Biopoetics breaks unfastened from the causal-mechanic paradigm which made biology not able to account for brain and which means. Biology turns into a technological know-how of expression, connection and subjectivity that can comprehend all organisms together with people as feeling brokers in a shared ecology of significant family members, embedded in a symbolical and fabric metabolism of the biosphere.
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In the first beginning perception has no names except the existential feeling of help- or harmful. So in a way we could say that emotion is the first unfolding of the world, and maybe we find an emotional background as the deepest underlying structure in all concepts of reality. The first fission of the world, the first discontinuity in the homogenous equilibrium of eternity has no form and no structure, it is nothing but the amorphous cry of highest urgence uttered by the organism: good or bad.
Jonas developed a somewhat “pre-autopoietic” concept of organism already in the early 1950s and in an astonishing way precedes the findings of Varela. Jonas, in speaking of “necessity” and “freedom” as the basic features (and paradoxes) of organic life, offers a reading of the problem of causality and teleology that can contribute much to the crucial question in how far the organism is the creator of a “real teleology”—a hypothesis 1 Cf. Harrington 1997:5. Cf. ” Meaning as Apriori 35 implied in Varela’s concept of autopoiesis.
Autopoiesis happens as a material process which gains material signification. Only by this material process the subjective perspective is granted. In the outward expression of autopoietic systems, meaning appears as form, and as such it reveals itself in a sensually seizable manner. This means that the mode of being of organisms has an irreducible side in which this mode of being becomes visible. The idea that the gesalt of beings is transparent for their essence has was already known in antiquity.