Thursday, November 1, 2012

Adirondack Philosophy: Indentity and Experience

Last month I considered how a condition of inter-subjectivity might be responsible for whether and how our surroundings influence who we are and what we create.  Picking up where I left off, this morning I’m turning over the question of how the lived-world draw us forth and how it is drawn into our creative process.  It seems to me that the world infuses us with its own being and we, who are being given the world, interpret and draw out its edge through our own lifework before we deliver it back into community as self-expression.  A tripartite process of what is given, literally what is submitted, what is received in the exchange that is soon re-visioned, re-imagined and given back as an offering.

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Marianne Patinelli-Dubay

Marianne Patinelli-Dubay leads the Environmental Philosophy Program at SUNY-ESF’s Newcomb Campus on the Huntington Wildlife Forest. In addition to teaching and writing, Marianne chairs the Adirondack Chapter of the Society of American Foresters and is an active member of the Forest Stewards Guild.   Please send comments to [email protected]

4 Responses

  1. Pete Klein says:

    Well, Marianne, that was a short and sweet observation – and totally accurate.
    We simply can’t avoid being part of the milieu. We breathe it in and out, with both positive and negative effects.

  2. Marianne Patinelli-Dubay Marianne says:

    Hi Pete and thanks, as always, for your thoughtful reply.

    You might find some of the papers (linked in the column) of interest. My mind was going in all sorts of directions and those papers sort of informed what I was preoccupied with as I was writing … for what it’s worth.

  3. Louise Patinelli says:

    Hi Marianne.
    Thank you, again, for taking time from your busy schedule to share your thoughts with us. There’s always so much to ponder after reading your essays. Please keep them coming!

  4. Marianne Patinelli-Dubay Marianne says:

    Hi Louise, Your kindness here might be mistaken for maternal affection … but either way, I thank you.

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