By Edwin Ng
This e-book explores the reciprocity among Buddhist, Derridean, and Foucauldian understandings approximately ethics, subjectivity, and ontological contingency, to enquire the moral and political capability of perception meditation perform. The e-book is narrated from the viewpoint of a postcolonial ‘Western Buddhist’ convert who, regardless of turning out to be up in Singapore the place Buddhism was once part of his disaporic ‘Chinese’ ancestral background, purely embraced Buddhism whilst he migrated to Australia and came across Western translations of Buddhist teachings. via an autoethnography of the author’s Buddhist-inspired pursuit of a tutorial occupation, the booklet develops and professes a non-doctrinal figuring out of religion which may be pertinent to ‘believers’ and ‘non-believers’ alike, inviting the tutorial reader specifically to contemplate the (unacknowledged) function of religion in assisting scholarly perform. outstanding a cautious stability among severe research and self-reflexive inquiry, the publication plays in all senses of the notice, a career of faith.
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This is] a self that calculates about itself and that acts upon itself in order to better itself’ (Rose 1996: 154). This is how individualist and capitalist spirituality fulfil their function alongside such procedures as job satisfaction surveys, progress reviews and personal development, and through the expertise and techniques of human resources, life coaching and the like. For Carrette and King (2005: 16), individualist and capitalist forms of spirituality exploit ‘the historical respect and “aura of authenticity” of the religious traditions [whose teachings they appropriate] while at the same time separating [themselves] from any negative connotations associated with the religious in a modern secular context’.
The Ethics of Cultural Studies. London: Continuum. CHAPTER 2 Towards a Spiritually Engaged Cultural Studies How might cultural studies’ neglect of religion be investigated qua the politics of spirituality? Let me take John Frow’s reflections about his feelings of discomfort towards religion as a point of departure. Frow says: ‘Religion is an embarrassment to us; it’s an embarrassment to me, and above all because we Western intellectuals are so deeply committed to the secularization thesis which makes of religion an archaic remnant which ought by now to have withered away’ (1998: 207).
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