By Andreas Weber
Meaning, feeling and expression – the event of inwardness – topic so much in human life. the point of view of biopoetics exhibits that this event is shared via all organisms. Being alive skill to exist via relatives that experience existential problem, and to specific those dimensions in the course of the physique and its gestures. All existence occurs inside 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 reviews and wishes of dwelling 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 that means. Biology turns into a technological know-how of expression, connection and subjectivity that could comprehend all organisms together with people as feeling brokers in a shared ecology of significant relatives, embedded in a symbolical and fabric metabolism of the biosphere.
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20 2 Subjectivity The immune system brings forth a multi-layered network of self-assurance (Varela and Anspach 1991:76). The Immune response constitutes only a small part of it. Self is nearly exclusively in contact with self, thereby even mirroring in anticipation any possible contact with an ‘antigen’: Because the compounds of the Immune system have such a high self-affinity, every agglomeration engendered by an antigen already exists in the body by anti-antibodies, that bind to (in the original view ‘antigen-specific’) antibodies, and anti-anti-antibodies binding to them and so forth: “The end result is that we will always run into antibody classes that will at least partially resemble the incoming epitype E.
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).
Jonas’ ontological theorems strongly support this view (see Weber 2003, Weber and Varela 2002 for an in-depth-discussion). The discussion of teleology is important. In making “meaning” the basic fact of biology, causality in a strong sense has to be discarded. Meaning can only arise if the organism has the choice how to react to the encounters with the outside world. e. if continuing to exist really means something for the organism and is not only an intellectual principle added by the observer.