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From Sage to Simulacrum: Sri Aurobindo a Photographic Essay ….rc

From Sage to Simulacrum: Sri Aurobindo a Photographic Essay R. Carlson   The photograph is literally an emanation of the referent. From a real body, which was there, proceed rations, which ultimately touch me, who is here, the duration of the transmission is insignificant; the photograph of the missing being will touch me like the delayed beams of a star. …. Roland Barthes Camera Lucidia From time to time images of others, portraits, are indeed able to usurp reality because a photograph while an interpretation of the real; it is also a trace, something directly stenciled off the real, like…

Lines of flight: Deleuze and nomadic creativity

Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari Lines of flight: Deleuze and nomadic creativity In the 60s cult-TV series, The Prisoner, a British spy (played by Patrick McGoohan) is held captive in an Orwellian Village on an island controlled by a faceless authority. The prisoner, known only as Number 6, has resigned from the secret service. This seems to be his crime. In the opening sequence for the show, we see him burst into his spy chief’s office and passionately submit his resignation; he is subsequently drugged, kidnapped, and whisked off to the Village. We never find out why he quit. The…

Writing the Self Diaries, Memoirs, and the History of the Self: A new book by Peter Heehs

Peter Heehs Writing the Self: Memoirs, and the History of the Self   http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/writing-the-self-9781441168283/   The self has a history. In the West, the idea of the soul entered Christianity with the Church Fathers, notably Augustine. During the Renaissance the idea of the individual attained preeminence, as in the works of Montaigne. In the seventeenth century, philosophers such as Descartes formulated notions of selfhood that did not require a divine foundation; in the next century, Hume grew skeptical of the self's very existence. Ideas of the self have changed markedly since the Romantic period and most scholars today regard it…

Poiēsis and technē (praxis) in Foucault and Heidegger: Towards an Aesthetics of Free Being

Poiēsis and technē in Foucault and Heidegger: Towards an Aesthetics of Free Being by Warwick Mules School of English, Media Studies and Art History University of Queensland  From: Academia Edu Paper presented to  “Tekhne, Technique, Technologie”: 17th Annual Conference of the Australian Society of French Studies, 15-17 July 2009, University of Queensland.   Introduction In this paper I will develop a discussion around Foucault’s comments in his later essays on an “aesthetics of existence” and “free being.” I will relate these comments to Foucault’s writings on the “care of the self” as well as to Heidegger’s analysis of Dasein as a…

The Freedom of the Integral Yoga by August Timmermans

  The Freedom of the Integral Yoga By August Timmermans   (reprinted from Collaboration summer 2012)  Sri Aurobindo does not belong to history; he is outside and beyond history. [He] has shown that the truth does not lie in running away from earthly life but in remaining in it, to transform it, divinise it, so that the Divine can manifest here, in this physical world. 1 - The Mother   Religion and yoga are not situated on the same plane of the being, and the spiritual life can exist in its purity only if it is free from all mental…

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