The New Subjective Body, #6–Conclusion.

By Otto Paans

Yasujiro Ozu’s gravestone, bearing only the single character “mu”


This essay is being published in six installments.


#1 Introduction

#2 Modernity and Postmodernity: Two Types of Nihilism

#3 Detachment and Stillness

#4 On Nishitani’s Anti-Nihilism

#5 What is The New Subjective Body?

The BIBLIOGRAPHY is included in this sixth and final installment.


VI. Conclusion

The emergence of the new subjective body is the ultimate political nightmare of the powers-that-be and the high priests of the status quo. By an exact analogy, the new subjective body is to those powers-that-be and those high priests, what creative piety is to the logic of objectification and advanced capitalist hyperproduction. The new subjective body represents a world order that does not require the continued and uninterrupted existence of the old order, but instead projects a new existential possibility. Moreover, it is a viable possibility that has the potential to replace the existing by mercilessly demonstrating its essential irrelevance.

Adopting a new subjectivity amounts to reasoning from a new subjective position that cannot be integrated in the system of postmodern, advanced capitalist production. It resists by simply not fitting in, not merely as an annoyance, but as an embryonic alternative. The Kingdom of God, as Palamas stressed, is already here. But as the early Christians discovered, once The Kingdom of God is recognized as such, then the real oppression starts, because it is relentlessly persecuted with a cold hatred that only the coercive authoritarian henchmen of moralism and rigid orthodoxy can summon up.


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