Seemingly with no connection between each other, McLuhan and Bohm set out an astonishing number of parallel thoughts.1
A series of questions ensue:
- considered as similar pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, or puzzles, how do the individual pieces compare?2
- what pieces were taken by McLuhan on the one hand and Bohm on the other as particularly significant for putting the whole puzzle together?
- how do the final products compare?
- A start on setting out these parallels has been made in a series of posts on Bohm. Furthermore, many of these thoughts have recurred throughout the tradition in roughly similar form since the time of Plato and Aristotle (and arguably before them with the pre-Socratics). In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, many were highly elaborated in the work of Hegel, Husserl and Heidegger. These comparable (not to say identical) jigsaw pieces, too, must ultimately be examined with those of McLuhan and Bohm in the ways described in this post. ↩
- As referenced in the preceding note, a start on this question in reference to Bohm and McLuhan has been made in a series of posts on Bohm. ↩