Shadow Plays: Virtual Realities in an Analog World

Chapter 6, Note 87

The term “clairvoyance” is used by Merleau-Ponty to express “the enigma...that my body simultaneously sees and is seen”: “That which looks at all things can also look at itself and recognize, in what it sees, the ‘other side’ of its power of looking. It sees itself seeing; it touches itself touching; it is visible and sensitive for itself.” “We see only what we look at. What would vision be without eye movement? [...] If it did not have its antennae, its clairvoyance?” “Eye and Mind,” in The Merleau-Ponty Aesthetics Reader (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1993), 121–123.

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