Philosophical Performances in Everyday Life Situations

Rüdiger H. Rimpler


The real world of everyday life with its unfailing routines, repetitions and manifold habits may be seen as a matrix for the immanent expressions of what could holistically be called ‘The Void’, ‘The Real’ or simply ‘The all-embracing presence of immanence’. Thus, everyday life situations may tell us more than we normally assume about ourselves and the chimerical vision of an existing subject within the process of self-expression. But how can we investigate such situations in an appropriate manner, so that they show us by themselves somehow pre-reflexive patterns they incorporate? There is no unique method of how to investigate such situations; however, there should be a methodological form of performative settings beyond the stage which I would like to discuss.

Following some of the ideas of Julian Klein and Arno Böhler on the significance of our feelings and on the limits of conceptual thinking I propose a specific form of philosophical performances, which is based on a grounding of emotions within thinking and on postponed deliberations within networking groups of individuals who are sharing a similar background of specific experiences in a given population.


Philosophy as Performance; Philosophical Performances; Everyday Life Situations; Performative Settings; Immanence; holistic approach; self-localization; gravity; escalation; thinking in circles; grounding of emotions

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