Date of Degree

5-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Program

Political Science

Advisor

John Wallach

Subject Categories

Political Theory

Keywords

spirituality, politics, yoga, communism, neoliberalism, boundlessness

Abstract

Spirituality has nothing to do with politics. Nonetheless, there is a functional relationship between them. Although spirituality supposes a disposition against boundaries – of experience and consciousness – and politics appears to involve the definition of limits insofar as they enable political action and meaning, these two distinct dimensions of human existence are not in opposition to each other. Politics here can be characterized as a kind of vectorization: the inscription of a gesture – as a force with magnitude and direction – into an intelligible (political) matrix. When we talk about politicization, we are concerned with the investigation of political meaning: how is it that it something makes sense – or becomes meaningful – from a political perspective and within the political domain. In other words, for the political to arise, it must be forcibly cast: made to mean politically. A spiritual sensibility – oriented towards an expansive, inclusive consciousness which is necessarily apolitical – brings to bear on the political on account of its experiential effects. Yoga, in all its politically multivalent character, is approached as a science of experiential transformation: ultimately a technology of self-annihilation. The concern is to elaborate on a multidimensional perspective which casts yoga’s radical political potential by politicizing boundlessness.

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