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Qui Nous?

"We have in consciousness, first of all, always the problem that consciousness is a consciousness of something. And now I have to be clear about terminology. I shall call "consciousness" the something that is conscious of something; and the something of which it is conscious I shall call "reality." And this relation between consciousness and reality to which it refers: that, I shall call, following Husserl's terminology, "intentionality" of consciousness...

...Now this whole process of searching for the "ground" of one's existence --the ignorance of the ground, then the awareness that one is searching for it, that one is moved in the search by the ground itself (in the _kinesis_)--that is what Plato and Aristotle have ultimately called the _nous_. So when we speak of _nous_ as "reason" we should be aware that reason is not a world-immanent operation or faculty, but always the consciousness of the in-between, of ignorance with an horizon which always has to be transgressed in order to find more beyond."


-- Eric Voegelin, "Structures of Conciousness", 1978

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