By Roy Wagner
An Anthropology of the topic rounds out the theoretical-philosophical cosmos of 1 of the 20 th century's such a lot intellectually adventurous anthropologists. Roy Wagner, having became "culture" and "symbols" inside of out (in the discovery of tradition and emblems That Stand for Themselves, respectively), now does an analogous for the "subject" and subjectivity. In learning the human topic and how human tradition mirrors itself, Wagner has redefined holography as "the designated equivalence, or accomplished identification, of half and full in any human contingency."
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If, properly speaking, the twinned ideas or oppositional concepts that bracket and so inform our ability to say what we know or know what we say internalize its limits as the essence of language itself, then contagion underdetermines the language that would speak of it. Then the linguistic facility has caught its own virus and is in league with itself, twinned against the antecedents, or objects and objectives of its discourse, rather than matched with them, as a proper symbolism might be. Effectively, then, past and future have nothing to do with time, but with peculiar echo-effects of their own misconception, past’s future and future’s past.
It is the library of babble, and the joke of it is the joke that brings the library down. Part and whole, individual and collective, or person and world are as unreliable in their mutual interdependency as past and future, or body and mind. Thus the notion that all the atoms, atomic particles, creatures, or ideas formed an unseparated whole in the beginning of things, and have come apart to “evolve” the history of time, and the contrary proposition that they will all come together at the end, are fantastic corollaries of a single contagion.
The full ambiguity of “meaning,” as noted in the previous chapter, is more useful than it is precise, in that it contains each time—the “before” of as-yet unarticulated intentions and the “afterward” of articulating them—within the other, and as a function of it. Sense and signification, or, if you will, the nonlinear “feeling” of the world and the “linear” focusing that discriminates a temporal “before” and “after,” are each encompassed within the other to a degree that makes any analytical separation of them both difficult and unnecessary.
An Anthropology of the Subject: Holographic Worldview in New Guinea and Its Meaning and Significance for the World of Anthropology by Roy Wagner