The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1393  Tuesday, 8 July 2003

From:           Terence Hawkes <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 7 Jul 2003 11:33:12 -0400
Subject: Re: Deconstruction
Comment:        SHK 14.1342 Re: Deconstruction

'Experience' does not hang, unsupported and free-floating, in mid-air.
'Pain' 'remorse' or 'hunger' do not waft through empty rooms, looking
for victims on whom to alight. People have experiences. People feel
pain, remorse, hunger etc. If there were no people, how could these
'experiences' take place? Since all human beings normally have their
being within societies or communities, they can only occur within and as
part of cultures, languages, ways of life, and the histories which
embrace them all. Whoever bumps into a large oak branch whilst mowing
the lawn does so as a member of a specific culture at a particular time
and in a material place. The extent to which those factors may modify or
create the experience, or the language it generates, or is generated by,
can clearly be a matter for debate. But there can be and is no possible
appeal to an essential 'experience itself' that lies beyond them. Bob
Grumman's confession that all this 'seems quite insane' to him plucks,
nevertheless, at the heart. It is Bob you mourn for, Bob. Bob?

Terence Hawkes

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