Of the sublime artifice of double life

“Thus in the vortexes crept the eager Lar to explore. Indeed, it was his habit to delve into underexplored and melancholically forgotten lands, connected only by rare insights, too dim to be fulfilled in reflection. Impressions and sensations of the rest went no further than the wild region of instinct.” from The Lived in Double Existence, by Xavier Baltieri.

Now, although Baltieri’s expertise was not such as to allow him a comprehensive analysis of the causes that determine the occurrence of paramnesia, it is in the solutions to the problems of the double that his study proved significant. The study of the self, in its mirroring of unknown realities, still offers insights that are worth exploring today because of how difficult a definitive resolution is regarding the conscious control of the “unexpected” host.

Xavier Baltieri’s work addresses and substantiates that dichotomous structure so dear to the journey of formation, the intuitive wonder of the suggestive marvelous and the need for the firm harmonic ordering of logic, for a constant quest for knowledge. Baltieri’s journey is undertaken through the exploration of a defined unknown territory: “the other from Self.” Representation on the basis of an anthropomorphic transposition for which, he, adopts the use of an organic-conceptual map, functional, in his view, to its conquest.

The balance between didactic-logical connective function and intuitive-creative function is the prerequisite for the final result. Baltieri thus adhering to the model of the educational journey, eighteenth-century realizes “topographical-anthropomorphic” maps, the famous “humanizations” that have become over time emblematic and significant demonstrations of apodictic paths necessary for any journey into the territory of the Self.