The Time of Life and the Measure of Self: Signature-Energy-Frequency (SEF)
An implication of Einstein’s conceptualisation of spacetime when considering entities, such as human beings, is not simply to conceive of entities occupying space for a span of time but as entities made up of spacetime (material). A human being from this perspective does not simply occupy space for the duration of the time of one’s life but rather one is constituted, is a being, in part, made of spacetime as a relative notion. From this perspective this paper draws attention to the causal role of agents as seen from the agency of individuals construed in terms of Space-Time-Energy-Motion (STEM) entities. Each STEM, that is each human, is construed as a causal agent whilst concurrently embodying the measure of self corresponding to an individuated and conceptually unique Signature-Energy-Frequency (SEF), a corollary of Planck’s Constant. Against this background an analysis is made of Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time exploring the sense of authentic being contrasted against the ‘they-self’ (Das-man) though arguably in some ways is the counterpoint to authentic being. This analysis draws on Heidegger’s conceptualisation of the ‘understanding’ construed relative to some state-of-mind, a process inclusive of the temporality of state-of-mind and the temporality of being. These substantive metaphors provide a conceptual framework that simultaneously combines the ontology of being with an ethic of conduct enabling the exploration of the time/s of our lives gleaned through a normative approach to understanding authentic causal agency.
Naimo, J. (2011). The time of life and the measure of self: Signature-Energy-Frequency (SEF). Paper presented at the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference. La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC, 12-16 December, 2011.