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"I" reality

Thursday, 31 March 2022 at 20:06

Know thyself on Dr John Dunn. "I" reality

Dr John Dunn 2022

The otherness of history and of nature is no other than the objectivity of me to myself.

Nature and history are, in so far as they are my creation. I find them within myself, and produce them in my eternal process of self-creation.

This does not mean, as the common herd who trust to common sense imagine in dismay, that reality is a subjective illusion. Reality is true reality, in the most literal and unambiguous sense, in being the subject itself, the “I”.

I am not self-consciousness except as a consciousness of myself, determined as something. The reality of my self-consciousness is in my consciousness, and the reality of my consciousness in my self-consciousness.

My consciousness of my self-consciousness is my own reality, it is not imprisoned in me as a result or conclusion, but lives in the active now.

My intellect grows with what I know. It does not increase by acquiring qualities and preserving them without any further need of activity, but it is realised, with that increase, in a new knowing.

To distinguish the new knowing from the old means I must fall back on the fallen angels, the abstract facts as they mount up.

In their abstractness the fallen angels amount to nothing, whereas my self-consciousness is the world process itself, nature and history, in so far as it is my self-consciousness realised in consciousness.

The development of my mind, distinguishing between what I once knew and the new knowing in the active now is the actual present in all its concreteness.

© Dr John Dunn.

Radical otherness

Wednesday, 30 March 2022 at 21:55

What's behind the veil on Dr John Dunn. Beyond the veil?

Radical otherness

Dr John Dunn 2022

To the common herd, nature and history, are both absolute otherness.

Nature is without final ends, extraneous to mind; something we can only know as phenomenon.

History is the fathomless sea of the past which loses itself and disappears in the far-off land of the prehistoric. It is the history of men's actions,the actions of men whose soul can only be reconstituted in an imagination devoid of any scientific justification.

Both are full and radical otherness, which has become the common perception.

Both have been withdrawn from the common mind.

Nature and the history to the common herd are abstract nature and abstract history, and, as such, non-existent.

The otherness which is the fundamental characteristic of the common herd’s view, were it as absolute as it appears, would imply the absolute unknowability of nature and history, but it would also imply something even more critical, the impossibility of mind.

For if there be something outside my mind in the absolute sense, my mind must be limited by it, and then it is no longer free, and no longer mind since mind is freedom.

© Dr John Dunn.

The world is nature and the world is history

Tuesday, 29 March 2022 at 20:14

New World discovery on Dr John Dunn. The world is nature and the world is history

Dr John Dunn 2022

They appear to be two different types of reality, other than myself

The other than my mind, which is outside of my mind, is nature.

The other in my mind is history.

The American continent is a natural fact.

The discovery of America by Columbus is an historical fact.

Historical facts have a certain law, which every one who narrates or remembers thehistory must respect: a law which requires an absolute form of otherness.

But they are not different in themselves as facts.

Nature and history coincide in so far as they imply a form of otherness from the "I" which knows.

This otherness also implies abstraction.

However, the truth is that if nature and history are to have a concrete reality they cannot exist apart from me.

© Dr John Dunn.

Creating the absolute

Sunday, 27 March 2022 at 21:16

Whole world in his hands on Dr John Dunn. Creating the absolute

Dr John Dunn 2022

When in my thinking I do not recognise myself, do not find myself, am not living in myself, the reality which comes to be the thought in which my thought meets itself, in which, that is, I meet myself, is for me nature, something apart, i.e. abstract.

I may try to think of nature as a concrete reality , as an object in itself, but the only object I can think is an aspect of my “I”, me.

My "I" from which the object arises, the object which is then no other than the life of my "I," is the absolute “I”.

It is the ultimate reality.

I may try and tap into it for separate objective knowledge, but ultimately I will find only the absolute “I”.

It is the " I" which is me, but me as subject with nothing to contrapose to myself and finding all in myself. I am therefore the actual concrete universal. This " I" which is the absolute is, in so far as I affirm myself.

Deprived of my internal causality I would be annulled, pulled down by the fallen angels;

But in causing myself I am creator of myself and in myself of the world, of the world which is the most complete that I can think, the absolute world.

© Dr John Dunn.

Heidegger and Scaligero

Saturday, 26 March 2022 at 20:21

Heidegger's face on Dr John Dunn. Martin Heidegger


Heidegger and Scaligero

Dr John Dunn 2022

In another archived piece, (No solipsist), I have made a comparison between the thought of Martin Heidegger and Massimo Scaligero.

In both Heidegger and Scaligero, there is no question of the mind creating reality; it is rather a question of facilitating the emergence of reality.

There is something apart from mind in both their cases.

They take the view that mind is contained within the physical head, which permits the emergence into mind of something outside it.

For Heidegger, the something apart is not mind-constructed, it exists independently of mind. However, it can have no being without the mind of man.

There is a kind of false being i.e. mind-constructed and an authentic being that the mind allows to emerge.

On the one hand, Scaligero defines the false being that we see around us as reflected thought, i.e. thought originating in the mind that solidifies, only to be reflected back to us as a mind-independent reality.

On the other hand, authentic being for Scaligero is the living thought that emerges in the mind before it becomes solidified andreflected back.


Read the archived piece here.

© Dr John Dunn.

Thought spiritualised

Friday, 25 March 2022 at 20:30

Sculptured image on Dr John Dunn. Thought as fallen angel (Fountain of the Fallen Angel by Ricardo Bellver)

Thought spiritualised

Dr John Dunn 2022

What I have thought cannot be what is now thinkable.

My thought has become a thing, nature, matter, a ‘fallen angel’, outside of my mind.

When I am thinking I affirm, and it is only in affirming that my thinking is.

My thought gone is simply what I have affirmed, the conclusion or result
of the affirmation, it not an affirming, nor a thinking.


And yet… as my thought cannot be my thinking, it affirms itself without being fixed as an affirmation.

It is a pure act, an eternal act. Nature in the very act in which I affirm it is denied, that is, spiritualised. And on this condition only can it be affirmed.

© Dr John Dunn.

Translucent inwardness

Thursday, 24 March 2022 at 21:27

Kierkegaard on Dr John Dunn. Translucent inwardness

Dr John Dunn 2022

Once I had rid myself of the illusion of a natural reality, then this mysterious nature, impenetrable by the light of the intellect, appeared as a simple moment of my thought: a moment whose spirituality was unveiled in all its purity directly I came to think of it in the concrete from which it has been abstracted, in the act of thought in which it is really posited.

It is impossible to surprise a natural reality without positing it as an idea, and so the seeming solidity of nature becomes the translucent inwardness of thought.

© Dr John Dunn.

Inwardness brings to mind Kierkegaard...

“The subjective thinker is not a man of science, but an artist. Existing is an art. The subjective thinker is aesthetic enough to give his life aesthetic content, ethical enough to regulate it, and dialectical enough to penetrate it with thought.”

“Objectively, there is no truth”

“It is subjectivity that Christianity is concerned with, and it is only in subjectivity that its truth exists, if it exists at all; Objectively, Christianity has absolutely no existence"

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