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  phenomenality: personified, enlivened

gary e. davis
April 22, 2024
 
  Usually, ‘phenomenal’ is used emphatically, but it’s otherwise an abstraction relating to whatever’s ostenible; or is an ambiguity, nebulousness, or question-
ableness of something ostenible. Thus, one’s life-individuated conditions of there being any thing (from infancy onward) is implied by there being a given thing
(i.e., capability for distinguishing anything as there being that).

But one’s life is only derivatively about ostensible presences as things. It’s prim-
ally—and ever after, for the most part—about ostensible persons. Living is prim-
arily person-al, typically interpersonal (as interpersonal life is a mode of being
a person).

The standard, thing-oriented meaning of ‘phenomenal’ conceals the primacy
of person-al phenomenality in individuation of oneself. By standard definition
(M-W Unabridged), being phenomenal is “relating to… being known through the senses and immediate experience rather than through thought or intuition” or “concerned with phenomena rather than with hypotheses.” But experience is already always informed by [having] thought, intuitability, and the surmises of living time which, in the beginning, were primarily person-al and remain, in simple perception, infused with surmise about intention, significance, etc., especially through the appeal of desiring (mirrored by experiencing) which fulfills hope for satisfactions. We want to find experiences remarkable, even extraord-
inary in the appeal of new experience.

Thus, we personify everything: Nearly every assertion implies there being intention by the referent, as if something is making itself there for our intending. Children personify toys. Everybody finds value belonging to things. The wind blows (more than merely moving through trees). The stars shine. A vista’s beauty is born from itself. And we often personify each other beyond their presence by valuing the other beyond actual experience, as friend made to be maybe more than the other wanted (or less than the other deserves); or someone is trusted because that’s our default disposition, prior to knowing anything about the other. And there’s infatuations, idealizations, undue projections.

We enliven our days, “give life, action, or motion to” things (M-W), “make vigor-
ous…give spirit or vivacity” which begins with persons giving spirit to life and things.

   
 
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  Be fair. © 2024, gary e. davis