Although we have no word for it, establishing an appropriate degree of “middle connectivity” to the world is such a basic feature of the human condition that doing it successfully has been lifted into the rarefied reaches of sainthood and enlightenment; failing to accomplish it, identified as a cause of paralytic anxiety.
...the ineliminable separation between representation and represented—a distance that keeps the two apart. This semantic disconnection is so basic that it is impossible to imagine life without it. Sans representation’s separation, the mere thought of an eruption of Mt. St. Helen’s would bathe Seattle in ash....
What is the origin of all these boundaries—semantic boundaries between subjects and objects, ontological boundaries in the world, conceptual boundaries in our theorising, abstractive boundaries between our concepts and the things we apply them to?
transjective (?) 4E+Heidegger+Gibson "you know something by conforming to them". Non-propositional knowing, you incorporate other people's perspective, knowing by loving (from plato). Not subjective (Descartes) nor objective in some physio sense, but something else.
A different cultural grammar.
OK, so far I get he's doing the Heidegetter/sit-act thing but with a somwhat different vocabulary, more Platonism in the mix.
relevance is the prototypical transjective thing ...
"knowing what it's like to an agent in the arena" --
I guess I should watch his talks on The Meaning Crisis, that's what he's famous for.
extended naturalism; layered ontology
emergence up from matter is exactly the same as emanation downwards (Katz?). He's very excited by the idea that these are somhow equivalent. (around 43:00). Emanation and emergence are not either/or but interlinked, or mutually arising or something. And this is reflected in the late Neoplatonic Christian tradition, Nicolas of Cusa, etc.
OK this is relevant and close to what I've been thinking about.