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D-E-S-I-R-E and Liberation

A. Raghuramaraju

in Enduring Colonialism

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780195699364
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080533 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195699364.003.0006
D-E-S-I-R-E and Liberation

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This chapter discusses Chandidas' notions of desire and liberation. For Chandidas, desire overcomes conventional criticism and can be used to bring back to desire its centrality. This can facilitate a better formulation of desire, whose restoration seems to coincide with the programmes of feminism, post-modernism, and even postcolonialism. The centrality is sustained not merely by appealing for desire but by removing aspects that terminate and provide various process-related aspects. In some metaphysical and religious systems like Buddhism and other ascetic schools, desire, directly or indirectly is treated as the root cause of human suffering. To transcend it leads to a state of liberation. Chandidas, instead of seeing liberation in cessation of desire relates it to perpetual process, intensification, and orgasmicecstasy.

Keywords: Vaddera Chandidas; desire; liberation; negation; metaphysical system; perpetual process; intensification; orgasmicecstasy

Chapter.  4538 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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