Between East and West: From Singularity to Community

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Columbia University Press, 2002 - Health & Fitness - 148 pages
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With this book we see a philosopher well steeped in the Western tradition thinking through ancient Eastern disciplines, meditating on what it means to learn to breathe, and urging us all at the dawn of a new century to rediscover indigenous Asian cultures. Yogic tradition, according to Irigaray, can provide an invaluable means for restoring the vital link between the present and eternity--and for re-envisioning the patriarchal traditions of the West.

Western, logocentric rationality tends to abstract the teachings of yoga from its everyday practice--most importantly, from the cultivation of breath. Lacking actual, personal experience with yoga or other Eastern spiritual practices, the Western philosophers who have tried to address Hindu and Buddhist teachings--particularly Schopenhauer--have frequently gone astray. Not so, Luce Irigaray. Incorporating her personal experience with yoga into her provocative philosophical thinking on sexual difference, Irigaray proposes a new way of understanding individuation and community in the contemporary world. She looks toward the indigenous, pre-Aryan cultures of India--which, she argues, have maintained an essentially creative ethic of sexual difference predicated on a respect for life, nature, and the feminine.

Irigaray's focus on breath in this book is a natural outgrowth of the attention that she has given in previous books to the elements--air, water, and fire. By returning to fundamental human experiences--breathing and the fact of sexual difference--she finds a way out of the endless sociologizing abstractions of much contemporary thought to rethink questions of race, ethnicity, and globalization.

 

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What happens when a distinguished French feminist philosopher and psychoanalyst takes yoga lessons? Irigaray gets some shocks and some good ideas, too. She chafes at the male sexist attitude of ... Read full review

Contents

THE TIME OF LIFE
21
THE FAMILY BEGINS WITH TWO
105
APPROACHING THE OTHER AS OTHER
121
Notes
147
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Director of the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris since 1975, writer and cultural theorist Paul Virilio has written sixteen books, including War and Cinema: The Logistics of Perception, Open Sky, Art and Fear, and The Information Bomb.Steve Redhead has been professor of law and popular culture in England and visiting professor in communications and cultural studies in Canada and Australia. He has published a dozen books including Paul Virilio: Theorist for an Accelerated Culture.

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