The Symbol of the Mask


mask, visibility, rite, paratopic force, terra ignota máscara; visibilidad; rito; fuerza paratópica; terra ignota. máscara; visibilidade; rito; força paratópica; terra ignota.

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Alcántara Carrera, J. M. (2022). The Symbol of the Mask. Resistances. Journal of the Philosophy of History, 3(5), e21088.


The Zapatista Indigenous Movement from Chiapas, Mexico is an example of the anthropological dynamics between the visible and the invisible in Western culture and the possible revolution of perceiving reality as such since they had to cover their faces with masks in their rebel anti-system movement in order to be considered as having the same dignity as other human beings: they performed a revolutionary act that changed the symbolic order of the visible by the public exhibition of their colonial submission. The mask gave them a face, disrupting the order of the visible with uncanny faces. In this article, a nondual model is proposed to capture the inessential ground of the given composed of endless perspectives in continuous transformation by the generation of ontological novelty: an open cognitive horizon of symbolically empty points of view irreducible to one perspective. For Krishnamurti, the revolutionary act is to see without an image in order to phenomenologically attend to things as they are beyond the known and the unknown such as Stilinovi? and Malevich pursued the dissolution of symbolic representations through art for the transformation of human reality.


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