Wednesday, 25 February 2009

The functional specialty dialectic: assembly and completion

McShane objects to my combining assembly and completion in the FS dialectic (in my dialectic of Sankara interpretations), and makes another trenchant point that I find extremely illuminating: assembly is the last non-dialogue stage, whereas completion brings into play 'the bones and nerves of the dialectician.'

What one should do then in completion, he suggests, is to sift through recent efforts (the ones assembled, I guess), to detect gut-wise, existentially, elements relevant to progress. In the case of Indian culture, he mentions aesthetics and prayer stances as borderline global invariants.

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