An Anthropology of the Subject: Holographic Worldview in New by Roy Wagner

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 grew to become "culture" and "symbols" inside of out (in the discovery of tradition and logos That Stand for Themselves, respectively), now does an identical for the "subject" and subjectivity. In learning the human topic and how human tradition mirrors itself, Wagner has redefined holography as "the specified equivalence, or accomplished identification, of half and full in any human contingency."

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Such questions lose their naïveté when applied to human social relations, which many anthropologists suppose to operate in some relation to the people’s understanding of them. Although it is quite possible that this assumption itself may be skewed, that human relations could not possibly operate in the ways in which they are brought to light for the very fact of their being brought to light, the point is much simpler than that. Even when “the natives” are understood to model themselves, provide insights, concepts, and figures to illustrate their own viewpoint, and even when behavioral models are imposed to get the real facts behind the facts of this, all we are likely to get of it is some description of the descriptive process itself.

The image of the black hole, actually an inference based on something absurdly familiar as an “event horizon,” may help. We know from our lives what an “event” might be, and we know from the earth what a horizon is. So we would know as well, if only from the experience of getting smashed in our loves and expectations, exactly what the “interior” of a black hole might be like. This is not profound, and its banality has nothing to do with what space and time might be like. The reality of the net comes down to the simple fact that you can only 01-C1488-P1 12/13/00 1:44 PM Page 16 16 CHAPTER 1 get “into” it—psychological depression or a black hole—by trying to think your way out of it.

The remembered and the remembering of it live such different lives that they might as well be two different people. , “content” versus “form”) to the semiotic practice of defining 02-C1488 12/13/00 1:45 PM Page 27 WHERE IS THE MEANING IN A TROPE? 27 the sign values, functions, or agentive roles of signs and other conventions. If the cognitive and subjective formation of a world-in-theperson and the objective articulation of that “person” as personality, behavior, relationship in the world are co-dependent and co-relative variables, then the definitive formulation or “fixing” of one of them throws the other open to hazard and mystification.

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