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By Roy Wagner

An Anthropology of the topic rounds out the theoretical-philosophical cosmos of 1 of the 20 th century's so much intellectually adventurous anthropologists. Roy Wagner, having grew to become "culture" and "symbols" inside of out (in the discovery of tradition and emblems That Stand for Themselves, respectively), now does a similar for the "subject" and subjectivity. In learning the human topic and how human tradition mirrors itself, Wagner has redefined holography as "the specific equivalence, or finished id, of half and entire in any human contingency."

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Each detail, however insignificant, defines the principle of its being there simply through the appropriateness of its placement or perception, takes over the totality as a subset of it. Hence the irony of the figure-ground reversal that turns the lacks or empty spaces of the net into “jewels” is compounded by another that matches the anthropomorphism of the net’s divine inspiration. Each “jewel” or detail takes on the cognitive or reflective quality of the subject who is trying to un- 01-C1488-P1 12/13/00 1:44 PM Page 17 TO BE CAUGHT IN INDRA’S NET 17 derstand it, turns subjectivity inside out.

Or it is the imprimatur of a child-reality in the human hologram, that which would be adult, male, exotic to its own demonstration of things through the veils of maya, or illusion, that its sensual formation casts about the world of perception. Indra is not an interpretive construction or a constructive interpretation but rather a perfected outcome of what we mean in using these terms— complete creation beside the point of its own coming into being—and one that renders viewpoint and artifice unnecessary to its understanding.

They have nothing else to do with the means by which words might be used to recapture their content or semiotic effects, nor even with the ways in which human beings “interpret” or “construct” meanings. All interpretation is trope, and all trope is interpretation. So it would only be when the double encompassment of feeling and articulation is most effective, closing its point of insight off from its re- 02-C1488 12/13/00 1:45 PM Page 25 WHERE IS THE MEANING IN A TROPE? 25 lations or connections to other things, that the issues of interpretation or exegesis would come into relevance.

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