By Luce Irigaray
"A major thinker steeped within the Western culture explores historic japanese disciplines, meditating on what it ability to benefit to respire: the result's a robust problem to find the relevance of indigenous Asian philosophy to our lives. based on Luce Irigaray, yogic culture gives you a necessary hyperlink among the current and eternity, permitting us to reexamine and reenvision the patriarchal traditions of the West. missing own event with yoga or different japanese religious practices, the Western philosophers who've attempted to handle Hindu and Buddhist teachings -- rather Schopenhauer -- have usually long past off course. Incorporating her own event with yoga into her provocative philosophical pondering on sexual distinction, Luce Irigaray proposes a brand new manner of realizing individuation and group within the modern global. through returning to primary human studies -- respiring and the very fact of sexual distinction -- she unearths a manner out of the unending sociologizing abstractions of a lot modern proposal to reconsider questions of race, ethnicity, and globalization. ebook jacket."--Jacket. Read more...
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These are represented as exterior but linked to a part of the body: thus Vishnu often has a foot in the water and Shiva often has fire in his hand. To be sure, there are in India tensions between feminine aboriginal cultures and patriarchal Aryan cultures. It is significant that Western philosophy recovers only the most Aryan elements of the Indian tradition. Instead of transforming this error into conflicts between men, it would seem more useful to understand that it is always a question of a choice of men to the detriment of pre-patriarchal cultures still living in India.
Which does not exclude a reading of the texts On Vision and Colors and On the Will in Nature, a reading that has not contradicted until now the interpretation of Schopenhauer that I am going to sketch in order to interrogate it. The will of which he speaks does not correspond to a will of the becoming of the spirit nor even of the flesh, that is, to an individuation. It is a blind pathos of the reproduction of the species. For Schopenhauer what we designate generally as a duty to reproduce, to give birth, is linked to the most obscure and elementary passion of man.
The common is defined by property and not proximity. Community is no longer constituted starting from intimate relations of kinship, from closeness with others, but from the outside, starting from rules, from goods, from borders that are more or less foreign to the subject(s). An enclave resists this conception of the community: the family. In it certain features of aboriginal archaic cultures live on: familiarity, a settled way of life, oral sharing, natural and common law. The State, it is true, strives to substitute its norms here: demanding children, labor, goods, the submission of singularity to an abstract and artificial conception of the individual.