Speculative system : man of maps

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Speculative system : man of maps

Post by retroactiveman on Wed Jun 25, 2008 7:49 am

Speculative system: man of maps

Unfortunately, I have a series of posts planned around the speculative system. This is the first and hopefully it will seve as an introduction.

“The speculative system aspires to panopticon to realize its vision, the gaze of philosophy must comprehend everything.” Mark Taylor.

Does Ben wear glasses? Can he see with better vision than the others who find themselves on the island, or better than the eyes of those who are lost on the island but who seem to find them selves (maybe through the help of Others?) in the world?

I don’t know. But Ben seems to be a reasonable person. And what is reason interested in?

With the reason or answer in mind, we will turn to Hegel who closed the book on speculation spectacularly, just to see what he says, for fun, for pleasure, or as a sign for you to stop reading now, or for you to start writing your comment expressing confusion. In advance I would like to apologize for the long quote, but I can’t seem to think straight without having the road laid before me.

“[T]he sole interest of reason is to sublate…the rigid opposites. But this does not mean that reason is altogether opposed to opposition and limitation. For the necessary dichotomy is one factor in life. Life eternally forms itself by setting up oppositions, and totality at the highest pitch of living energy is only possible through [totality’s] own restoration out of the deepest separation. What reason opposes, rather is just the absolute fixity that the understanding gives the dichotomy; and it does so all the more if the absolute opposites themselves originated in reason. When the might of union vanishes from the life of man and the opposites lose their living relation and reciprocity and gain independence, the need of philosophy arises.”

While the above was written by the young Hegel, latent within it you can begin to see the closing and opening of the speculative system, where every inch of space, every moment of time can be plotted out in advance and experienced by the perceiving subject, in full view of or in the light of the goal or reason for perceiving; that is the freedom of the subjective individual enjoying the sunshine of reason.

By the end, the speculative system speculates, identity will be secure by reconciliation of opposites (identity and non-identity) through recognition of difference. Vagueness, shadows, echoes in the valley of darkness will be illuminated, and objects cast into doubt along the way will be resolved in the solution prefigured in the trajectory or line of flight that must be torn in two or three some time in the near or distant past.

But before we write the final word of this history, which will out of necessity schematize the whole and which will, we legitmately expect and hope, will provide meaning to the smallest opposite colored stones, I guess it would be of some assistance to enter the threshold of the system through the gaping and rough hole we will call for our sake the front door.

Ben is a man of maps…. He knows the way, and he with pen and paper or words can show he or she who asks, expressly or impliedly the way to the final solution. (How final? Ask Karl or Rousseau.) While the way may not be the most efficient way, the way is the necessary way and certain items might need be sacrificed along the way (Dad, purge, Rousseau, boat, Sayid’s wife). Perhaps the collateral is not Ben’s fault? Maybe he cannot help his self?

Ben draws maps. http://lostpedia.com/wiki/Ben%27s_maps

He gives directions, and knows who long it should take to get from here to there.

He also plots. Ask Burke.

Ben is a man of maps. A cartographer. But a specific mapmaker. (Maybe after you finish reading you can compare Ben’s map with the map of the possible maniac in the swan, the anti map, full of and centered on a question.)

But what does it mean to make a map? What is the purpose of a map?

While the doubting subject may project doubt and uncertainty into the unknown, and may doubt all except for her own mind, the map may overcome this doubt, provide the means by which res cogitans navigates res extensa.

The map, the working of the subjective I, establishes the I’s relationship with the external world.

I think you can see where this is going. Of the maps, or des cartes, modern philosophy becomes the philosophy of the subject, as the locus of truth and certainty does not reside in an external object (i.e., God), but instead can only be found, if you are willing to play the phenomenological game, in the subject, which first opens her eye and perceives, and the mediates in the minds darkness, actively plotting and constructing the vision of the World.

On the basis of this development, in light of the terrible accident, the tearing of the trajectory that flew near god(s), or where the boy is torn n early from his mother’s womb, we are all lost if we can recognize how separate we are from that which is even the closest, and that we are filled with doubt.

However, the speculative philosopher can overcome this. He can resolve identity through difference and can impose his will on the world though adhering to his vision which reason has laid before him.

He might not be able to stop himself. History may compel his steps [forward?].

By mapping from even higher vantage points, the horizon which constitutes dominion constantly expands. And through this panoptic vision, objects isolated in doubt are seen stumbling, against one another, or tumbling over the world’s edge, with the stroke of a pen.

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Re: Speculative system : man of maps

Post by AngeloComet on Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:28 am


I've got to hand it to you, you're a piece of work!

So since this is part one, I'm making a crib note. This "front door" piece basically says Ben makes map, and (metaphorically speaking, I assume) this indicates he is a man able to work out the world he lives in from a grander and more correct understanding?

We'd have to mention that Rousseau makes maps. Then there was Radzinsky (who you mentioned, whose Blast Door Map - I'd argue - was a better pursuit of truth and was even written blindly (now that's what I call a metaphor!)).

BTW, just as a personal writing tip, it might help to punctuate your dense paragraphs with simplified statements expressing your meaning. It helps the reader keep up. Remember, your writing here to share your thoughts not pass an exam or get a paper published. Having to decipher meaning. . . it's too much like hard work on a Lost website!
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