Tracing Sequences

in a Philosophical Library
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Maturing the Mind or the Book?
For quite some years Octavio Paz's essays had been slumbering in my bookshelves as my father's
heritage. From time to time I had taken the volumes to browse some chapters or pages. ost of
these samples didn't really catch my attention ! "ust like a maturing wine hadn't reached its golden
age.
#on't let me be misunderstood$ of course I knew it had not been the book's but my reading soul's
immaturity which needed to be overcome.
One of these books %&wiesprache
'
( contained a composition of various essays in )erman* the other
one "+hildren of the ire,
2
. -ll essays had been translated from .panish.
.tudying these works I realized I more or less had been guided to read and analyze the essays in an
optimal sequence* which seemed to be prepared for me. In a way I seemed to be following a scent
trace which guided me like a dog on its trail.
y interest in Octavio Paz's essays had been intensified while reading /obert usil's master piece
(0he an without 1ualities
2
3* in which I tried to analyze the removal or rather (compensation of
qualities3 and had been guided to Octavio Paz's essays to understand the process.
-t that stage usil's work had been maturing for some years. -s a student I remember to have
started with his early novel 0he +onfusions of 4oung 05rless and even managed to read the first of
the 67volume (an without 1ualities* but the unfortunately stopped before I reached the key
episode (0he .iamese 0wins3 in the middle of the novel.
I had to be triggered to study (0he .iamese 0wins37chapter by two e8ternal reports* in which the
authors #ietrich 9ochst:tter
;
and /obert <. /oseberry
6
describe$
• )od as a (=eing without 1ualities3
• the (+on"unctivus Potentialis3
• the original name (-nders3 for the protagonist >lrich*
• the original title of the book (0he .alvator3 instead of (0he an without 1ualities3
• +larissa's affinity to hermaphroditism
• >lrich's and -gathe's platonic union in 0he concept of the hermaphrodite. -gathe and >lrich
in usil's novel %#er ann ohne ?igenschaften(, which had to be considered as the novel's
philosophical core.
=oth reports re7initiated my study of deciphering the philosophical core in usil's Opus agnum
@
.
' &wiesprache* ?dition .uhrkamp 'ABC* neue Folge =and ABC
A (Los Hijos del Limo” published 'BD;
2 /obert usil$ The Man without Qualities
; Sprache des Möglichen ! von #ietrich 9ochst:tter E'BDAF 7 >ntertitel$ .tilistischer Perspektivismus in /obert
usils %ann ohne ?igenschaften(
6 %Roert Musil( von /obert <. /oseberry E'BD;F 7 >ntertitel$ ?in Forschungsbericht
@ In .earch for a Geynote in /obert usil's %an Hithout 1ualities and 0he +olor .ymbolism of Philosophers and -
ausoleum of Hords ! usil's #esign of %0he an Hithout 1ualities
-part from these te8t issues some color definitions in usil's work required a parallel study of
?wald Hering!s color theory* which in (0he .iamese 0wins37chapter may have been used to encode
the symbols for androgynous elements.
Reconstructing a sequenced analysis in literature
0he previously sketched phases had been controlled by stochastic events. I reconstructed several
(bursts3 of new traces. 0he trail I was following had been androg"nous concepts in art* architecture*
literature and language.
Classics: Plato, Virginia Wool, Sha!espeare, "oethe, Proust, #a$es #oyce
.ome of the trails accidentally had been found by simply reading books. .everal great artists and
authors have been inspired by androgyny and concentrated on the ancient traditions of androgynous
symbolism
D
$
• 0he -ristophanes speech in .ymposium E Plato F
• In - /oom of One's Own E'BABF Iirginia Hoolf refers to various sources$
◦ +oleridge$ a great mind is androg"nous Epage B;F
◦ woman must ha#e intercourse with the man in her EB;F
It is when this fusion takes place that the mind is fully fertilized EB;F
.hakespeare's mind has been androgynous EB;F
-ndrogynous$ .hakespeare* Geats* .terne* +owper* <amb* +oleridge* Proust. EBJKBBF
J
• For )oethe the maleKfemale polarity is the most fundamental of all polarities
B
.
L Pedagogy and $ndrog"n" in Hilhelm eisters <ehr"ahre
'C
EM.H. )oetheF
)oethe however in his also studied color symbolism
''
and influenced de Miranda's concept
of the Ienezuelan flag
'A
. 0hese color concepts also might be related to androgyny.
• 0races of androgyny over .tephen* =loom and olly in Mames Moyce's %l"sses
'2
have been
identified in arilyn French's 0he book as world $ Mames Moyce's >lysses E'BD@F.
I discovered the most famous works in literature somehow all at least temporarily had been
influenced by androgyny. In my lists however usil had been missing. I simply had overlooked
usil's key concept of androgyny and stopped reading before I reached the (.iamese 0wins37
chapter.
The W%r&burg e'perience
One of the inspiring moments had been a visit in arch AC'; to the city of HNrzburg* where I
discovered the Iachim and =oaz7pillars as the medieval (copies3 of the pillars in .olomons temple$
• .ymbolism in the HNrzburg ?piscopal /esidence E:rz AC';F
• .ynthesis of the #ata in '&eus' by -rthur =. +ook E'BA6F Eai AC';F
• ?in =uchst:blicher .chutz Ior ?inen 9immelskollaps EMuni AC';F
• /ed O =lue in .olomon's 0emple EMuni AC';F
D In .earch for a Geynote in /obert usil's %0he an Hithout 1ualities3 EMuly AC';F
J &eorge 'liot not included in Hoolf's list of great androg"nous writers
B &oethe * Pietzsche* and Hagner$ 0heir .pinozan ?pics of Q* 0. G. .eung 7 ACC@
'C + ac<eod 7 'BB2
'' &oethe!s theor" of colours
'A Flag of Ienezuela
'2 1uotations to references in 0he book as world $ Mames Moyce's >lysses E'BD@F have been documented in >itverkoren
Ioetnoten E#utch versionsF
The (usil project
In composing a list of biographical information I accidentally discovered a unread biography titled
%Roert Musil( by /obert <. /oseberry* which initiated the trigger for subsequent discoveries$
• %Roert Musil( by /obert <. /oseberry E'BD;F
';
• (Sprache des Möglichen) ! by #ietrich 9ochst:tter E'BDAF
'6
• %The Siamesischen Twins( in %The Man without Qualities( 7 by /obert usil E'B2C!;2F
• "*hildren o+ the Mire"$ Modern ,oetr" +rom Romanticism to the $#ant-&arde
'@
by Octavio
Paz E'BD;F
• %.wiesprache
'D
( by Octavio Paz E'BJ;F
• %%ne parole e/igeante( by <udovic Manvier E'B@;F
• "0ristes 0ropiques” Ein detail the chapters E2BF %0a8ila( and E;CF %/eturn to Gyong(* which
have been referenced in %.wiesprache
'J
(F.
Following the master trail
19
)Robert Musil* by +obert L, +oseberry
In usil's core idea )od as a (=eing without 1ualities3 seemed to have created a human (=eing
without 1ualities3* which for procreation had to be split in male and female halves.
)The Man without Qualities* - by +obert (usil ./0123414
In the chapter (0he .iamese 0wins3 usil's (almost +orgotten3 sister suggested a (Platonic3
reunion of twin siblings might lead to an optimal life style.
0here is a shadowy copy image of the self in the antipodal character$ I am male* you are femaleR we
might imagine how each person carries a copy image of his qualities* which may have arisen or
suppressed. In any case he yearns for this copy unless he is completely satisfied with himself
AC
.
=iologically the development of twin7sister is a rare event* but she is living inside of us as a
spiritual utopia* as a manifested idea of ourselves. -nd this occasion* which for most of us remains
a rare yearning dream* became reality to my protagonist's life. -nd soon both of us did live a life of
a good old fashioned married couple
A'
.
In fact we may only be able to love our .iamese twin7sisters
AA
. Initially this siling relationship had
been restricted to a spiritual relationship
A2
.
He rarely find our antipodal siblings. >lrich feels lonely
A;
. Initially se8 doesn't matter. 9e doesn't
like to sleep alone. Po se8* but a yearning to the other world
A6
.
'; .ubtitle$ ?in Forschungsbericht
'6 .ubtitle$ .tilistischer Perspektivismus in /obert usils %ann ohne ?igenschaften(
'@ %<os 9i"os del <imo3 E'BD;F
'D ?ssays to -rt and <iterature Ebetween 'B@@ and 'BJ2F 7 ?dition .uhrkamp 'ABC* neue Folge =and ABC
'J ?ssays to -rt and <iterature Ebetween 'B@@ and 'BJ2F 7 ?dition .uhrkamp 'ABC* neue Folge =and ABC
'B In .earch for a Geynote in /obert usil's %an Hithout 1ualities
AC .ection 2* Page B;A
A' %Has arbeiten .ieS 7 )espr:ch mit /obert usil T2C -pril 'B2@U Evolume D* page B2@F
AA Iolume 6* page 'J;6
A2 Iolume 6* page 'J;6
A; Iolume 6* Page 'JAB
A6 Iolume 6* Page 'JA@
.e8 does matter in the end
A@
. >nion. Must like monads
AD
. .e8. Penetration is to be needed. Flour dust
as human beings lying on the floor
AJ
.
?arly manuscript versions of usil's book suggest to consider antipodes as ($nders3 EalienF* which
is usil's former name for his protagonist >lrich. 0he initial versions are using the shortcut name -
for (-nders3 and a book title %0he .alvator(.
0he acti#e 0 is another than the normal I. From the 0!standpoint we are mentally incompetent
AB
. 0he
e8pression (-nders3 obviously refers to the acti#e 0.
In symbolizing the .iamese twin couple usil also defines complementary colors and the mi8ture
color purple
2C
$
He might event cloth ourselves in antipodal colors* -gathe answered in a hilarious way.
4ellow for one and blue for the other one* or red opposite to green. -nd our hair might
be colored violet or purple
2'
.
"Children of the Mire"
15
by 6cta7io Pa& ./0744
In his first essays Octavio Paz describes the =uddhist elimination of antipodes by annihilation. In
contrast +hristianity historical time is a non7cyclical event* which linearly terminates in an
apocalyptic event.
)Zwiesprache
11
* by 6cta7io Pa& ./0844
In .wiesprache Octavio Paz refers to %-ndersheit( and to the last chapter in "0ristes 0ropiques”1
Une parole exigeante by Ludovic anvier !"#$%&
In %ne parole e/igeante the author discusses the nou#eau roman in which especially Pathalie
.arraute describes the gap between the isolated (?go3 and (the Other3* in which a book may act
like a mirror to the author. (0he Other3 E(-nder3F is a concept* which is to be found in most of
these essays and novels* including the protagonist's name (-nders3 in usil's (an without
1ualities3
"Tristes Tropi'ues( by Claude L)vi*+traus !"#,,&
In the last chapter B* '0he /eturn'* the book closes with reflections on* among other themes* the
nature and purpose of anthropology* the effects of travel on the mind* the roles of =uddhism and
Islam in global culture* humankind's place in the universe and our connections to the world and to
one another.
In these last chapters Claude L)vi*+traus describes the characteristic move of three large religions.
In the first wave =uddhism aimed at annihilating the antipodes* resulting a (Pothing3. -t the
second wave +hristianity placed the (?go3 at a center* which may rather have been designed as a
(-dam Gadmon37type of an androgynous couple. 0he third wave describes the Islamic idea to
consider the %He(7core at the center.
A@ Iolume 6* Page 'JA@
AD Iolume 6* Page 'J26
AJ Iolume 6* Page 'J26
AB /eference$ 0he early designs E(#ie frNhen ?ntwNrfe3F* Iolume 6* page 'B;6
2C 0his color symbolism of antipodal colors and the synthesis of purple from red O blue had been investigated in 0he
9ermetic +ode8 II 7 =ipolar onotheism.
2' .ection 2* Page BC;7BC6
2A %<os 9i"os del <imo3 E'BD;F
22 ?ssays to -rt and <iterature Ebetween 'B@@ and 'BJ2F 7 ?dition .uhrkamp 'ABC* neue Folge =and ABC
Contents
aturing the ind or the =ookS..........................................................................................................'
/econstructing a sequenced analysis in literature...........................................................................A
+lassics$ Plato* Iirginia Hoolf* .hakespeare* )oethe* Proust* Mames Moyce.............................A
0he HNrzburg e8perience...........................................................................................................A
0he usil pro"ect........................................................................................................................2
Following the master trail................................................................................................................2
%/obert usil( by /obert <. /oseberry.....................................................................................2
%0he an without 1ualities( 7 by /obert usil E'B2C!;2F.......................................................2
,+hildren of the ire, by Octavio Paz E'BD;F...........................................................................;
%&wiesprache( by Octavio Paz E'BJ;F .......................................................................................;
>ne parole e8igeante by <udovic Manvier E'B@;F.......................................................................;
,0ristes 0ropiques3 by +laude <Vvi7.traus E'B66F ....................................................................;

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