In this book, Henri Bortoft guides us through this dynamic way of seeing, exploring issues including how we distinguish things, how we find meaning, and the relationship between thought and words. It goes back to the way we experience the world and how we construct meaning of it.
The history of western metaphysics from Plato onwards is dominated by the dualism of being and appearance. What something really is (its true being) is believed to be hidden behind the ‘mere appearances’ through which it manifests. Twentieth-century European thinkers radically overturned this way of thinking. ‘Appearance’ began to be taken seriously, with the observer participating in the dynamic event of perception.