By Alberto Perez-Gomez
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Humans, being mortal, are endowed with an embodied consciousness that does not enable us to fully understand the relationship between the mind and its products. Yet human making is not merely an intuitive, unreflective action; it is based on a practical philosophy and a meditative practice. For Vico poetry was a kind of metaphysics that gleans truths through the imagination (consciousness, body, and memory, all in one) rather than through scientific formulas. ”36 Despite Vico’s insight into meaningful making (which would be developed much later by phenomenology and hermeneutics), the dominant maker after the ancien régime was the engineer, the new aristocrat of the nineteenth century.
39 For Nietzsche, the artist is the epitome of the Übermann; he is a passionate lover, and the lover is always worth more. 40 One is more complete when passionately in love, and Nietzsche rejoices at the heightened sense of one’s personality when in this trancelike state: the ultimate affirmation of life. In fact, the ultimate effect of art is “to excite the state that creates art—intoxication. . ”41 His understanding of love is thus contrary to the experience of loss or “melting” that we find in the early Greek poets, and is closer to Socrates’ recollection of Orphic Eros.
Precisely because “no one ever desires what is not gone,” the Greeks invented Eros to account for this fundamental human condition in the Western tradition. ” The space of desire must be maintained for the sake of meaning. Foregrounded from the confusion of everyday life by artworks of diverse genres, the space of Eros and Limits 33 desire would allow readers and spectators to experience the site of a meaningful existence. In erotic narratives such as Longus’s Daphnis and Chloe, this space was maintained with countless ordeals and rivals that separate the lover and beloved.