I wish to acknowledge my profound indebtedness to two major thinkers of our time with whom I have worked and whose works have formed a foundation from which this text grew. It is significant to note that neither of these thinkers’ names appear in the text that follows despite my reliance on them and their work. One could say that they have not herein been recognized or rather that they have not been objectified or thematized as such. It is always on this second, more profound, level that intertextuality plays its constitutive role, it seems to me. It is simply the case that their works were not the object of this text to analyse, but the reasons are more significant than this. The absence of objectification of one’s ground, source, and resource is the crucial role that not only the lifeworld but also the horizons of possibility play in the framing or focusing of anything as an object, as Husserl and Heidegger have adequately shown. Nevertheless, my indebtedness to these two theorists involves more than the structure of figure/ground or contrast phenomena—as the place from which I come and from which I now distinguish myself. The latter is no doubt true but inadequate in its formulation of these relations. Any thematization of this supportive, contextual, fundamental role that these two people have played in my life and especially in my work in the past five years would necessarily portray this inadequacy.
With respect, friendship and sincerity I thank both, Paul Ricoeur and John O’Neill, for having played such constitutive roles in the development of my thinking, my work, and of course, this text.