The Horizon of Intelligibility for Horizons of Intelligibility.
A model of coherent distinctions that models being in the world.
I am using “model” in a very broad sense in that I am treating it as a fundamental phenomenon that underlies our human activity. I am treating it narrowly as an element in the model that this essay explicates.
What is a model? A model is an organization of elements that points to a phenomenon, which it is modeling, in order to disclose or bring closer or clearer some aspect of that which it is modeling. Please note that in representing, reflecting or interpreting the phenomenon the model’s fundamental action is one of pointing to actual phenomenon and disclosing what is already there in it. Even in an act of invention, creation of a model of something that is not yet extant, one discloses aspects of what is created against the horizon of already given constraints. (We rarely experience these constraints except perhaps in anagnorisis or other paradigm shifts.)
Worldviews are a kind of model. The kind of model that worldviews are have particular constraints that are consistent with particular psychological interpretations of human beings. In some psychological theories, the concepts of worldview are useful for making sense of what people do. In the organization of concepts and elements that psychology is developing as the science it is, the concept of worldview is shaped by and adapted to the context of psychological theory and interpretation. The concept of worldview is an integral part of some current psychological theories. It pulls in horizons of intelligibility that obscure.
Horizons are the possible upon-which of projections, they provide the context for possible meaning. Like the back wall of a space defined by a set of distinctions, against which things can show up. Everything we see is in front of the horizon. in terms of the distinctions that define the space.
What makes meaning possible is the horizon of intelligibility. The background against which things are intelligible.
When distinctions fall from being disclosive openings to being mere descriptive characteristics or theoretical speculation their disclosive power is diminished. They become something which merely gets passed along in retelling. That which was originally a disclosive opening becomes a property, a characteristic.
It is the standing away from (exi – stare) and looking towards the horizon through the opening in which things show up. When things are taken out of the space there is a clearing.
We have blind spots because something we don’t see is in the way of, covering up what we would otherwise see.
Closing my eyes doesn’t make what I don’t see disappear.
A characterization is a modeling. When a politician is characterized as a thief, the standard way of taking this is the property of being crooked is applied to the politician. The physical parallel to this is throwing a piece of mud that sticks or doesn’t stick to the politicians body. We apply predicate to a person or a thing.
Anything that shows up for us shows up against some background horizon which makes what shows up for us both perceivable and intelligible. This applies to what we think, what we experience, and even applies to neural networks which have the capability to recognize objects.
These horizons are not a single dimension.
What can we do with the horizons? In our speaking what awakens them? How do we create the horizons – be a stand?