Re: "Foucault's Oriental Subtext"

I'm new to the list, glad to be here, etc.

I see plenty of cross-overs between this east-west bridge as it concerns
"emptiness that is full",especially in post-structuralism. Besides
Foucault, Deleuze-Guattari intimate classical eastern notions throughout
their works. The ideas of "Body w/o Organs" and "smooth/striated space"
have clear resonances with both buddhist and taoist traditions. Likewise,
Baudrillard's third order of simulacrum and 'hyperreality' rely on
difficult-to-reason notions of radical reversibility and subjectless
representation (eg. "movement without propulsion" or "The Look and The
Challenge rather than communication" essentially non-rational koans on the
linguistic level that require intuitive "undergoing" to grasp as borrow a phrase from Dewey)

But anyway,

Ernest poses an interesting question:
"Could it be that western reason is arriving at conclusions arrived at
experientially and intuitively by oriental sages centuries ago?"

Maybe the phrasing of that very question reveals part of the issue. Rather
than looking to explain the phenomenon as a transformation or progression
in "western reason", maybe we should say that post-structuralist intuition
and experience account for the apparent similiarities. And arguably, isn't
that one of the aims of the entire 'project'? An alternative to Western
rationalism with all it's attendant habits?


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