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11. For an inspiring discussion on this see Jean-Luc Nancy’s introduction to The Gravity of Thought (Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1997). It collects translations of ‘L’Oubli de la philosophie’ from 1986 and ‘Le Poids d’une pensée’ from 1991. Sublime Disorientation 29 reason. Even the idea of eternity, terrible and sublime as it is, as depicted by Haller, does not produce upon the mind a vision of such a feeling of awe and terror; for, although it measures the duration of things, it does not carry them.
In the following manuscript D 18, ‘Noten zur Raumkonstitution’ (first published in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 1. No 1-2, 1940), Husserl develops this theme further and shows how distances in metric space are constituted on the basis of my kinesthetic system (itself not possible to apprehend metrically), and how this ultimately rests on a ‘here’ essentially tied to my living body, although without being strictly identical with it. The sense of movement can be determined as that which leads from one state of rest to another, it is as it were a series of detours between poses, where the Here of my living body is a center that has no movement, an absolute zero of kinetic energy.
Constituting subjectivity is bound to a unique and singular earthly historicity, which is what ultimately guarantees the unity of experience, the 19. See Formale und transzendentale Logik: Versuch einer Kritik der logischen Vernunft. Husserliana XVII, ed. Paul Janssen (Haag: Nijhoff, 1974), p. 6. Husserl and the Earth 19 validity of science, and the possibility for any being to be given as such, as comprehensible in its determined and determinable suchness—the to on he on of Aristotle—for the theoretical gaze.