Wednesday, August 12, 2009

World needs the unfettered light of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother

[Similarly in the case of Harman. When one reads Tool-Being or Guerilla Metaphysics, he very quickly discovers that Harman does not simply dismiss the tradition of correlationism, but that he engages with a series of correlationist philosophers such as Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Husserl, and so on, treating realism as the guiding clue of his investigations and liberating, as a result of this guiding clue, all sorts of insights into the nature of objects that can be found embedded in these texts but covered over by the self-evidence of a philosophical tradition that pitches the question of being in terms of a divided house between the distinct ontological realms of the subject and the object. By reading, to use Zizek’s term, the tradition awry through the lens of realism as the guiding clue, a rich resource of realist insight is made available for thought. The Destruction of the History of Ontology
from Larval Subjects . by larvalsubjects]

[Ortega y Gasset claims that Brentano and Dilthey were born in the unluckiest generation of modern philosophy, one in which the landscape had been reduced to desert (especially in the Germany of the 1870’s). Ortega also holds that these two were the greatest philosophers of the second half of the 19th century. That seems a bit much, given that Nietzsche also falls in this period (though Ortega view Nietzsche, much too harshly, as someone who merely gesticulated while Dilthey saw), and Bergson was in some respects a philosopher of the 1890’s rather than of the early twentieth century. Husserl on Brentano
from Object-Oriented Philosophy by doctorzamalek]

[Sri Aurobindo integrates in his darshan a transcendental Being and an immanent Becoming. Under the ontology of the modern, this makes the transcendental aspect of his teaching vulnerable to appropriation as metaphysics. Given its integral scope, this runs the danger of a totalism of unprecedented scale if an ideological construction takes priority over a praxis based on immanent becoming. Re: White Noise - a book review by William E. Connolly Debashish Sun 09 Aug 2009 02:27 PM PDT]

[There’s an Eastern spiritual version of this. The ultimate stuff is paradoxical: The Tao, Nirvana, Atman, the Non-Dual are ineffable and yet named. We try to grasp It or surrender to It but the very effort to know It causes It not to be known. It is beyond conceptuality. But the Eastern practices do believe there is a final attainment or resolution, whereas Zizek and Lacan don’t think there is. Saturday, February 21, 2009 Zizek and Rorty on the Real Posted by Jeff Meyerhoff at 1:37 PM 13 comments 12:50 PM]

[What is Wrong with Religion by Debashish on Mon 27 Oct 2008 09:35 PM PDT Permanent Link At a time when, more than ever before, the world needs the unfettered light of consciousness which Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have gifted to humankind, a bunch of aggressive churchmen will make sure to smother it into insignificance.]

Integrating Sri Aurobindo will, of course, be the last post. [TNM]

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