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Vlad P. Glăveanu

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197520499

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197520499.001.0001

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The Meta-Position

The Meta-Position

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(p.99) 5 The Meta-Position
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The Possible
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Vlad P. Glăveanu

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197520499.003.0005

This chapter proposes that adopting a meta-position in regard to reality is instrumental for opening up the possible and constitutes the first step toward exploring it. In psychological terms, a meta-position is represented by that symbolic (and/or physical) standpoint from which other positions and the relations between them can be perceived at once. The fact that meta-positions render existing positions and perspectives visible makes them essential for developing more open ways of thinking about the world and more flexible ways of acting on it. Meta-positions accomplish this important role through their relation to agency, wonder, imagination, and creativity, each of which is discussed in the chapter. Together with difference and multiplicity, meta-positions are thus conditions of possibility for becoming aware of and acting on the possible.

Keywords:   meta-position, perspectives, repositioning, agency, wonder, imagination, creativity

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