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By Andreas Weber

Meaning, feeling and expression – the event of inwardness – subject such a lot in human life. the point of view of biopoetics exhibits that this event is shared via all organisms. Being alive capacity to exist via family that experience existential hindrance, and to precise those dimensions throughout 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 adventure. 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 technology of expression, connection and subjectivity that could comprehend all organisms together with people as feeling brokers in a shared ecology of significant family, embedded in a symbolical and fabric metabolism of the biosphere.

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We see that: (1) For the establishment of an autonomous system a strong heterogeneity is at least as important as a unifying code, (2) the system is defining self and world pragmatically by its inner disposition, (3) the system thus reacts to external inputs not causally but due to its inner states, (4) the system brings forth a sphere of relevance according to its experiences, and (5) the meaning which is thereby created has an absoluteexistential dimension. These criteria—which are valid for all organisms—establish an ontological catalogue to identify ‘life’.

Because this reality is yielded through empirical subjects, however, it is not plain, but poetic. Poetic objectivity is created by the interplay of empirical subjectivities and is about the individual imagination of the whole through infinite particular lifelines. ” J. M. Coetzee 1999:149 We have seen that the reaction of living systems to material constraints is the unfolding of a dimension of meaning. Living systems are the dimension of meaning of material constraints. Its continued existence for a living system is a subjective absoluteness.

1 Kant drew attention to the role of intellect conceiving nature: its possibilities are limited in a certain sense. But as it is notorious for his thinking, Kant was somewhat ambigous about teleology. He insisted that organism can not be understood in purely mechanistic terms—what did not mean for Kant that it would definitely not work in those terms: about this a judgement was simply not possible for the human mind. It is this latter point that still provokes a misunderstanding: Kant did not rule out mechanism, but he neither declared it to be “the real reality” beneath the phenomena (Cornell 1986:408).

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