passibility

‘If we are in a state of passibility, it’s that something is happening to us . . .  what happens is not at all something we have first controlled, programmed, or grasped by a concept. Or else, if what we are passible to has first been plotted conceptually, how can it seize us? How can it test us if we already know, or if we can know—of what, with what, for what, it is done?’’. ‘‘Passibility’’ is a neologism that puns on passivity and possibility, where passivity is not mere passiveness as opposed to activity but an openness to what happens, a disposition free of calculation, being ‘‘on guard,’’ plotting, grasping, eyes alert to the main chance. Passability is something like a condition of experience, or at all events experiences of a certain specialty’.

The senses of Augustine: On some of Lyotard’s remains.   Gerald L. Burns

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