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Xiv. 30 THE NOBLEST OF THE SENSES Mindful of this possibility, Hans-Georg Gadamer has in fact contended that theoria was not as completely disengaged and spectatorial as was more modern scientific epistemology. Instead, it contained a moment of "sacral communion" beyond mere disinterested contemplation. "Theoria," he argues, "is a true sharing, not something active, but something passive (pathos), namely being totally involved in and carried away by what one sees. "34 Residues of such reciprocity in the notion of theory may well in fact have persisted until the late Middle Ages, when belief in extramission was finally laid to rest.
All the management of our lives depends on the senses, and since that of sight is the most compre' hensive and the noblest of these, there is no doubt that the inven· tions which serve to augment its power ore among the most useful that there can be. "4 So Erich Auerbach described the world of Homeric Greece in the celebrated opening chapter, "Odysseus' Scar," of his classic study of literary realism, Mimesis. In the dominant reading of Greek culture that has so influenced the West, this assumption of the Hellenic affinity for the visible has enjoyed widespread popularity.
70. For treatments of the metaphysics of light behind the construction of the cathedrals, see Otto von Simson, The Gothic Cathedral (London, 1956); and Erwin Panofsky, Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism (New York, 1967). THE NOBLEST OF THE SENSES 41 Schism. Following Georges Duby; he claims that the contest for the allegiance of the illiterate masses meant the unfortunate decision to resort to sensual seduction: During this period we see the profusion of images-of all imagesand the cataclysmic appearance of visualization's effect on the people.