Transparency Fedor Blaščák

1.1. Look, this thing called light is in itself transparent, but obviously changes into something nontransparent.

1.2. We see things because they get in the way of light, which means that light has something to reflect from.

1.3. Where there is no obstacle, there is nothing. Or it’s as though there were nothing—like in that classic gag where two guys are carrying a sheet of glass across the street and a third—on a motorbike—zooms between them. Everyone laughs, except for the philosopher. He goes from the gag to a conclusion and quickly formulates it thus: transparency is not the absence of an object, but the nonpresence of a quality. Maybe also emptiness is full of all sorts of things that we are just unable to see. Because how else does it happen that someone finds something there and another not?

2.1. Let us imagine a picture of a  window. At the window hangs a curtain. Beyond the window is a pine tree. A man in the picture knows that it is there, but cannot see it. The pine tree is growing outside and he is inside. Between them is the curtain. He considers the difference between blocking and separation. The man goes to the window, draws the curtain and sees the pine tree.

2.2. Can one look but see nothing?

3.1. Is transparency an intellectual value in itself?

4.1. Let us now consider transparency in connection with control. That can be carried out only by someone who already somehow understands inspections of the object. Transparency is thus connected rather with accessibility. Shouldn’t we therefore begin to speak rather of exactness and precision?

4.2. For those who operate with power, the concept of transparency is a suitable instrument to justify their own procedures. The procedure is an integral part of the performance; as such it belongs to the form of a given power and is not therefore in itself able to formulate anything that we would call “good manners.”

4.3. The performance of any sort of procedure is based on some sort of relationship, but what if your position, that with which you participate in some procedure, does not interest anybody?

4.4. Stand up, defendant!

4.5. A collector from abroad purchases your certificates.

5.1. When walking in the forest, do not get rid of the obstacles. Go round them.

5.2. How does the requirement for transparency influence the subjective desire for various measures and restrictions?

5.3. Perhaps our calls for transparency are a distant echo of St Augustine’s original “Theory of Illumination” as a condition of the possibility of recognizing the truth.

6.1. π = 3

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