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24 And these qualities remain cartesian and visual, although they are more complex than those allowed by Descartes (and allowing one quality which Locke thought belonged to tactile perception as well): “These I call original or primary qualities of body, which I think we may observe to produce simple ideas in us, viz. ”26 Thus Locke repeated in essential outline the metaphysical division of the thing that results in its reduction. This division was already enough to establish the need for empiricism to face the problem of how the thing is built up from its simple atoms, but a second dimension to the division was also affirmed by Locke, the atomism of the senses.

And if any first expression is a “singing of the world,” as Merleau-Ponty puts it, then what begins here is a singing that begins in a turn to the auditory dimension. But while such a symptomatology has its tactical uses, a deliberate decentering of visualism in order to point up the overlooked and the unheard, its ultimate aim is not to replace vision as such with listening as such. Its more profound aim is to move from the present with all its taken-forgranted beliefs about vision and experience and step by step, to move toward a radically different understanding of experience, one which has its roots in a phenomenology of auditory experience.

Ultimately a second, nonliteral or hermeneutic reading of phenomenology is necessary if the outline of genuine phenomenology is to be reached. For although phenomenology may begin by an apparent “pure psychology,” Husserl maintained over and over again that this “pure psychology” was ultimately the way to transcendental philosophy. And once this step is taken one can see retrospectively that in its depth phenomenology is not a metaphysics at all, or even an “empiricism,” for its destiny is that of an existential-hermeneutic philosophy that arises out of a descriptive ontology.

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