The quest for Being is an essential
questioning in modern philosophy.
Yet, this very attempt to unveil an ontological truth cannot but raise numerous
issues. Man, as a thinking substance, engages in a deep reflection which aims
at reaching the Absolute. This reflection entails a specific vision of Man and
This, our study shall try to examine
– the reaction of the mind facing the manifold heaviness of Being, as well as
the consciousness of Being, as an intellectual effort resulting in metaphysical
Indeed, we will ponder the following
questions : how far does our certainty of Being go ? The quest for
Being is written in time whereas the ideal of human existence dwells in the
desire of eternity. Such an incompatibility therefore points to the aspiration
of consciousness as a nostalgia of Being.
Is the nostalgia of Being the
outcome of our thirst for Absolute or is it the by-product of man’s inability
to define Being ?
Is metaphysical anguish the result
of man’s awareness of his finitude or is it ascribable to the limits of
The uncertainty of Being introduces
a gap and opens the narrative. Science fiction is all the more concerned with a
‘willing suspension of disbelief’ since its narrative is relocated within an
elsewhere, the latter granting space for reflection. The entailing disquietude
of an unfamiliar location will lead us from ipseity to alterity.
The resulting call towards alterity
is thus dependent upon a Statement. The insight of Otherness is first achieved
through the eye. We shall thus try to disentangle the theme of vision in Blade Runner, to develop the structure
of cinema as a place of reminiscence, as a means to find a way towards the
Open, as Rilke stated it.
As a vital lead, the themes of
memory and desire will implicitly guide our exploration, like Orpheus
descending, on his way to find his Eurydice.
A phenomenological approach to the
quadripartite philosophy of Heidegger, Levinas, Blanchot and Derrida and its
relation to Blade Runner will thereby
prove necessary if we want our study to reach a successful conclusion.