Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Conrad DiDiodato post on Frank Samperi

I'm oftentimes amazed at the types of intersections to be encountered between culture and divinity.

What's in phenomenology that two spiritual masters, Frank Samperi and Edith Stein and perhaps many more, have recoiled from it and named it inimical to the spiritual itself? After all, it was touted in its day as a doctrine of empathy with the world or a sane procedural suspension (epoché) of belief in the face of the absurd and problematical. The reduction of life-experience to radically lived (ego-centric) sensations seemed to offer intuitive certainty in regards to human knowledge. Some have seen in it a sort of "spell of the sensuous" (David Abram) from which the most sublime world-knowledge can derive still.

Samperi had, however, derived his distaste for phenomenology from what he thought was its wildly processual and reductivist nature: resulting in  a sort of metaphysical pagan nation-worship or, as he puts it in a letter to Cid Corman, "the Pretense that there's One Nation" to which everything can be traced and in which there's no room for his venerated "Tradition of forms". Read More...

Thank you Conrad for your continued support of my father and his work.

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