Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The way a cat knows

My cat is considerable more knowledgeable on this account than I, to the point that I am amazed when she errs. Her ability to habituate herself to her world is more impressive than mine, but this is no surprise, for she is concerned to practice this knowledge more diligently than me; any new arrangement of furniture, a paper box or bag placed on the floor, or most delightfully a basket of clean laundry; all must be immediately investigated and learned. The habits which follow are, "knowledge in the hands [or in this case paws?], which is forthcoming only when bodily effort is made, and cannot be formulated in detachment from that effort."*1*
*1*{Merleau-Ponty, 1962, Phenomenology of perception, 466 p}, p. 144.

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