The agreeable eye

an eudæmonistarchives

upbuilding and edification

Arm and leg movements in the English racing stroke.

A helpful illustration from Swimming Scientifically Taught (1912)

For my part I can well describe the movements of faith, but I cannot make them. When one would learn to make motions of swimming one can let oneself be hung by a swimming-belt from the ceiling and go through the motions (describe them, so to speak, as we speak of describing a circle), but one is not swimming. In that way I can describe the movements of faith, but when I am thrown into the water, I swim, it is true (for I don’t belong to the beach-waders), but I make other movements, I make the movements of infinity, whereas faith does the opposite: after have made the movements of infinity, it makes those of finiteness. Hail to him who can make those movements, he performs the marvellous, and I shall never grow tired of admiring him, whether he be Abraham or a slave in Abraham’s house; whether he be a professor of philosophy or a servant-girl, I look only at the movements. But at them I do look, and do not let myself be fooled….

—Søren Kierkegaard
(Fear and Trembling,
trans. Walter Lowrie, p. 48f.)

* * *

We shall never learn what ‘is called’ swimming, for example, or what it ‘calls for,’ by reading a treatise on swimming. Only the leap into the river tells us what is called swimming.

—Martin Heidegger (What Is Called Thinking?
trans. J. Glenn Gray, p. 21)


ego hoc feci mm–MMXXIV · cc 2000–2024 M.F.C.