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New Perspectives on Advaita Vedanta: Essays in Commemoration of Professor Richard de Smet, SJ (review)

New Perspectives on Advaita Vedanta: Essays in Commemoration of Professor Richard de Smet, SJ... represents the social and the symbolic fields here, at least as Bourdieu or Foucault would have described them. Nor does this capture the ways in which symbols are deployed by diverse groups within a symbolic field, as Sahlins has repeatedly demonstrated in his writings. For all of the problems in Foucault's work, he made a key contribution to our analyses of power and the exercise of power by focusing attention on the ways the individual as such is an effect of power, rather than a preexisting or autonomous site upon which power is exerted. He wrote: The individual is not to be conceived as a sort of elementary nucleus, a primitive atom, a multiple and inert material on which power comes to fasten or against which it happens to strike, and in so doing subdues or crushes individuals. In fact, it is already one of the prime effects of power that certain bodies, certain gestures, certain discourses, certain desires, come to be identified and constituted as individuals. The individual, that is, is ` not the vis-a-vis of power; it is . . . one of its prime effects. (Power/Knowledge [New York: Random House, 1980], p. 98) The questions http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

New Perspectives on Advaita Vedanta: Essays in Commemoration of Professor Richard de Smet, SJ (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 55 (4) – Oct 24, 2005

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represents the social and the symbolic fields here, at least as Bourdieu or Foucault would have described them. Nor does this capture the ways in which symbols are deployed by diverse groups within a symbolic field, as Sahlins has repeatedly demonstrated in his writings. For all of the problems in Foucault's work, he made a key contribution to our analyses of power and the exercise of power by focusing attention on the ways the individual as such is an effect of power, rather than a preexisting or autonomous site upon which power is exerted. He wrote: The individual is not to be conceived as a sort of elementary nucleus, a primitive atom, a multiple and inert material on which power comes to fasten or against which it happens to strike, and in so doing subdues or crushes individuals. In fact, it is already one of the prime effects of power that certain bodies, certain gestures, certain discourses, certain desires, come to be identified and constituted as individuals. The individual, that is, is ` not the vis-a-vis of power; it is . . . one of its prime effects. (Power/Knowledge [New York: Random House, 1980], p. 98) The questions

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