This essay explores Leo Bersani’s concept of the “continuity of being,” a concept that attempts to overcome the epistemophiliac Cartesian dissociation of res cogitans from res extensa by means of phenomenological considerations of the proximate milieu, as well as a metaphysical intuition of the virtual One-All. The conception of the co-immanence of the One-All and the multiplicity of beings is pertinent to considerations of contemporary pandemics as well as to the climate crisis insofar as it offers neither hermeneutic resolution, policy diktats, or moral judgment, but simply one among many possible points of departure for whatever will count as thinking in whatever future there may be.

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