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Virtual Subjects, Fugitive SelvesFernando Pessoa and his philosophy$
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Jonardon Ganeri

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198864684

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198864684.001.0001

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Landscapes of Presence

Landscapes of Presence

(p.78) 11 Landscapes of Presence
Virtual Subjects, Fugitive Selves

Jonardon Ganeri

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Pessoa provides a rich set of descriptions of the all-inclusive psychological field and its structure. The metaphor that seems to recur most frequently is that of a landscape: ‘Eternal tourists of ourselves, there is no landscape but what we are.’ We have already introduced the idea that experience embeds an implicit ‘for-me’ grammatical place, that is to say that there is a dative of manifestation, a way in which experience presents itself as for-me. Evidently this is what makes a landscape of experience mine. What, though, actually is for-me-ness, the subjective character of experience, the subjective dimension? Marie Guillot states that ‘everyone agrees that subjective character has to do with the fact that the existence of an experience resonates in a particular way with the subject in whom it occurs’. My proposal is to analyse a Pessoan ‘way of feeling’ as a subject-invariant mode of consciousness, a mode of consciousness that is comparatively invariant within and across the experiential life of a given subject, but which varies from one subject to the next.

Keywords:   Personal horizon, landscape of sensation, reflexivity, subjective character, way of feeling, mode of consciousness

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