By Charles P. Bigger
Plato's chora as built within the Timaeus is an artistic matrix within which issues come up and stand out based on the trap of the great. Chora is paired with the nice, its polar contrary; either are past beingand the metaphors hitherto idea to reveal the transcendent. They underlie Plato's contrast of a procreative hole among being and turning into. The chiasmus among the great and chora makes attainable their mutual participation in a single one other. This hole makes attainable either phenomenological and cosmological interpretations of Plato. Metaphor is particular to beings as they seem during this hole throughout the crossing of metaphor's phrases, phrases that live with, instead of subulate, each other. Hermeneutically, via its iswe can see whatever being engendered or decided by way of that crossing.Bigger's higher target is to align the primacy of the nice in Plato and Christian Neoplatonism with the author God of Genesis and the God of affection within the New testomony.
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Qxd 04/02/2005 7:39 pm Page 6 the destruction of metaphysics and its subsequent modifications by Derrida and Levinas, learning from their efforts even if we do not always share their concerns. Heidegger spent a lifetime avoiding the metaphysical bog; and if we are to avoid ontologizing the Good, making it into a kind of being (presence), we must respect the developments he set in motion. 13 Finally there was the Ereignis, the effort to express the gift of being by what is not a being to what is not yet a being.
Heidegger’s Andenken should commemorate not Being, but the Good, which, except in taking on our being in its kenosis, could never be present. Then ethics would be first philosophy, and metaphysics would, as its name says, concern itself with what is beyond being, the matrix and the Good. At the risk of a misleading immanent bias, I characterize participation as a relational structure in which a determinate “object” event is ingredient in a “subject” event under a formal or eidetic parameter. 15 Nor do I think that this traditional ontology has dumped us in nihilism.
So too, I suppose, is Aristotle’s primary hyle (matter, mater), a potentiality for both being and not being (De Anima, 417a 2–5) that is often mistaken for Plato’s matrix. Neither is Heidegger’s nothing a pure absence; it is an autochthonically presencing abyss forged from Kierkegaard’s anxiety and its roots in existential creation ex nihilo. In his final phase, Heidegger abandoned the search for an ontological intuition and found in the Ereignis a way beyond Being. In his important Reduction and Givenness, Jean-Luc Marion makes a convincing case that Heidegger’s failure is our gain.