Friday, September 30, 2016

Human trinity of economic, political, and philosophical

An interview with Constance Kassor Constance Kassor is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Lawrence University and also affiliate faculty with the Rangjung Yeshe Institute’s Online L...
What advice would you give to students wishing to pursue the study of Indian philosophy?
Devote the time and effort to learning languages as soon as possible, and spend as much time as you can with scholars in India. Even if you’re a textualist, you will benefit immensely from your time “in the field.”
We are starting to see more dialogue and discussion among scholars of Asian and Western philosophical traditions, and I hope to see that continue. Departmental divisions seem to be a necessary evil in the academy, with many institutions creating divisions between, for example, Philosophy Departments and Religion Departments. I am fortunate to be working at a university where interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged, and I hope to see more of that trend in other institutions in the future.
I’m also reading a lot of comic books (strictly for research purposes, of course): Ms. Marvel, Lucifer, and Manga inspired by the Aum Shinrikyo group are things that I’ve been looking at lately, all of which deal with religious ideologies in different ways.
Previous interviews in this occasional series:
Matt Dasti
Shalini Sinha

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Some thoughts on Leshem’s Origins of Neoliberalism Early this summer, I received an unsolicited review copy of Dotan Leshem’s Origins of Neoliberalism: Modeling the Economy from Jesus to Foucault — true pro...
Agamben focuses on the formative moment of Christian economic thought (Pauline and proto-orthodox), whereas Leshem focuses on developments within established orthodoxy itself. When we add Mondzain’s account of the decisive role of economic thought in the iconoclastic controversy, we wind up with a fairly comprehensive view of the role of oikonomia in pre-modern Christian thought. This is not to downplay the very real differences between the authors’ approaches, of course — a truly comprehensive account has yet to be written, but it will need to start with the labors of these three.
I learned a great deal from Leshem’s study, which in many ways does a better job of following up in detail on Foucault’s suggestions about the role of Christian pastoral in forming modern subjectivity. He also deals much more closely with Arendt, who is claimed as a major source of the Homo Sacer series but mostly stays in the background. His study is based around the “human trinity” of economic, political, and philosophical, and the text is punctuated by helpful diagrams illustrating how this trinity keeps getting reconfigured over time.

Matthew Taylor 
Thank you for the excellent review Aravindan. I recently completed his book, A Systems View. Your post gave me another beautiful facet as it pertains to India. When we visted Kerala in 2001 we saw so many of those vary same dynamics in play on the farms and in the small towns. The web has a very wide reach and we are all beautifully entangled it.

Arup Dasgupta 
I consider science to be the ultimate quest, the holy grail as it were. To find meaning in the world around us is the most noble of activities. Naturally, as we discover the intricacies, which seem to increase as we delve deeper, we are struck by the wonder of creation. Ages ago our sages would have gone through the same process but at a much lower level. Yet in all their wisdom they could conceptualise the atom and the nature of the universe. These concepts however, were philosophical and needed the advent of experimenters who could then put a mathematical model to it and eventually experimen...See More

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