The Imagination: Distance and Relation in Maurice Blanchot and Ibn'Arabi

Hossein Moradi


Blanchot discusses two versions of imagination. The first version, as the copy of an object, is premeditated or provoked by the conscious process of the mind, whereas in the second version, of the image, a thing becomes a complete empty space outside human consciousness and finds the opportunity to shine itself in itself and for itself. The object never resembles anything but itself, the image of itself. This paper argues that with Blanchot, the human in confrontation with the thing in itself in a passive and neutral relation becomes the image of itself. Keeping a distance from each other not for the sake of knowing and comprehension, both the object and the human are at perpetual distance. While thinking of Blanchot's relationship and distance, it is argued that Ibn 'Arabi's idea of barzakh is the space of imagination, an intermediate reality works through distancing and setting relationship. In this sense, Ibn 'Arabi goes outside ontological horizons believing in essence or existence.


image, imagination, distance, relationship, discontiguous, Maurice Blanchot, Ibn'Arabi, barzakh

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