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We say we know someone ... the knowledge depends on betweenness (an encounter).
Our senses respond to the difference between values - to relative,
not absolute, values.10 (It seems that knowledge and perception, and
therefore experience, exist only in the relations between things.
In this emphasis on the body, the importance of empathy, and
intersubjectivity (which forms part of what I mean by 'betweenness'),
Husserl is asserting the essential role that the right hemisphere plays in
constituting the world in which we live.
What we are being let into here [in a Renaissance poem] is something
profound about the betweenness of emotional memory. Our feelings are not
ours, ... they cross interpersonal boundaries as though such limits
had no meaning for them: passing back and forth from one mind to another
... What we feel arises ... from the betweenness
In reality there can be neither ['objective' and 'subjective'] absolutely,
only a choice between a betweenness which acknowledges itself, and
one which denies its own nature. [IMHO just using the term, not explaining
its role in this context.] By identifying blueness solely with the
behaviour of electromagnetic particles one is not avoiding value, not
avoiding betweenness, not avoiding one's shadow being cast across
if I say that 'I believe in you', ... It has the characteristic
right-hemisphere qualities of being a betweenness: a reverberative,
're-sonant', 'respons-ible' relationship, in which each party is
altered by the other and by the relationship between the two,
The sense of being a passive observer of life, not an actor in it,
is related to the passivity phenomena that are a primary characteristic of
the condition [schizophrenia]. ... There is a characteristic combination
of omnipotence and impotence, of being all there is and yet nothing at
all, which again follows from the lack of betweenness with what is, with
the shared world of common experience.
the difference between wanting and longing. ... The first is
unidirectional; the second bidirectional - there is a 'betweenness'.
Through his special use of language, particularly linguistic connectors, prepositions
and conjunctions, to convey the experience of 'betweenness', ...
Wordsworth brings about poetic formulations
Romanticism in fact demonstrates ... its preference for the betweenness
which is felt across a three-dimensional world, rather than
for seeing what is distant as alien, lying in another plane;
these features of modernism ... depersonalisation and alienation
from the body and empathic feeling; disruption of context; fragmentation
of experience; and the loss of 'betweenness'
... subjectivism and
objectivism ... modernism (either polarity being at odds with a world in
which there is still what I call betweenness)
... The interpreter's
task is to look for meaning. But that meaning can only come to the
representational world by allowing a betweenness with the world it
represents - as words need their real world referents to have meaning.
I am not let in on the secret, which every one else seems to understand.
Notice that the focus of paranoia is a loss of the normal betweenness
The Aesthetes' creed of 'art for art's sake', ... is also a devaluation of
art, in that it marginalises its relationship with life. In other
words it sacrifices the betweenness of art with life,
Our relationship with what is beautiful is different [from our
relationship with things we desire]. It is more like longing, or love, a
betweenness, a reverberative process between the beautiful
and our selves, which has no ulterior purpose, no aim in view, and is
the process [imitation] is not mechanical reproduction, but an imaginative
inhabiting of the other, which is always different because of its intersubjective
betweenness. The process of mimesis is one of intention, aspiration,
attraction and empathy,
Music consists entirely of relations, 'betweenness'. ...
and poetic language are both part of the world that is delivered by the
right hemisphere, the world characterised by betweenness.
The distinction I am trying to make is between ... a world in which what
later has come to be thought of as subjective and objective are held in a
suspension which embraces each potential 'pole', and their togetherness,
together; and, on the other hand, the world we are more used to thinking
of, in which subjective and objective appear as separate poles. At its
simplest,a world where there is 'betweenness', and one where there
is not. [IMHO just using the term, not explaining its role in this
[The right hemisphere] is deeply attracted to, and given life by, the relationship,
the betweenness, that exists with this Other.
If language began in music, it began in (right-hemisphere) functions which
are related to empathy and common life, not competition and
division; promoting togetherness, or, as I would prefer,
two opposing ways of dealing with the world ... The other tendency was
centripetal, rather than centrifugal: towards the sense of the connectedness
of things, before reflection isolates them, and therefore towards
engagement with the world, towards a relationship of 'betweenness' with
whatever lies outside the self.
these dichotomies may ... cease to be problematic in the world delivered
by the right hemisphere, where ... what appears to the left hemisphere to
be divided is unified, where concepts are not separate from
experience, and where the grounding role of 'betweenness' in constituting
reality is apparent.
there is something more fundamental about the world that is brought into
being by the right hemisphere, with its betweenness, its mode of knowing
which involves reciprocation, a reverberative process, back
and forth, ... the way in which neurones behave is not linear, sequential,
unidirectional: they behave in a reciprocal, reverberative fashion, and
not just in the right hemisphere.
... It seems that this reciprocity,
this betweenness, goes to the core of our being. Further than even this,
there is fascinating evidence that betweenness and reciprocity exist at
the level of cell structure
For it [the RH], though, knowledge comes through a relationship, a
betweenness, a back and forth reverberative process between itself
and the Other,
The Romantics, too, had a predilection for whatever can be only partly
discerned -- for unfinished sketches, for the half-light of dawn ...
Another way of looking at it is that in the process of completing, or
attempting to complete, through imagination the fragmentary impression,
one becomes in part the creator of what one perceives. Importantly, only
in part: if the thing were either wholly given, so that we played
no part at all, or wholly our invention, there would be no
betweenness, nothing to be shared.
The camera model ... does not reach to reverberative, reciprocal
movement, the betweenness of sight.
... And the relationship implied by
the left-hemisphere ... is not no relationship -- merely a disengaged
relationship, implying, incorrectly, that the observer does not have an impact
on the observed (and is not altered by what he or she
observes). The betweenness is not absent, just denied, and therefore of a
particular -- particularly 'cold' - kind.
... The right hemisphere's
gaze is intrinsically empathic, by contrast, and acknowledges the
inevitability of 'betweenness':
As long as that depth is preserved, it yields for the
right-hemisphere engagement, 'betweenness'.
there was originally no single word to convey the simple function of sight
tout court. There were originally only words for relations with
things, the quality of the experience, how the 'seer' stood towards the
'seen'.32 In other words sight had not been abstracted yet
from its context within the lived world, where it is reverberative, itself
alive, an expressive of betweenness
The breakthrough in Romantic thinking to the essential connectedness of
things enabled them to see that those who are in awe of any great object
... feel something that is Other, certainly, but also something of which
they partake. Because of the empathic connection or
betweenness ... they both share in the character of the Other and