There exists a distinction between meaning and expression in which a logical outcome is pursued and identified. Words used in meaning, and what is expressed through the meaning, are separate in that the former is a method of communication while the latter is the real representation of what is communicated. The step which phenomenology directs itself is the turning away from meaning and representation into the penetrating of the ‘thing itself,’ the object presented. To ponder an object is to open it to interpretation. To reach the ‘soul’ of it, one needs to turn from the object and engage it to the point where it no longer represents itself, such as a house or a tree, but as a ‘thing-in-itself,’ showing itself from itself and existing for itself for others.
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