The systematic blindness of classical theory to this, and to all such technical conditioning was a principal support of its substantializing
and universalizing discourse.
Early on in her work, and as she explained in the context of creating 'gender trouble': 'The subject is not determined by the rules through which it is generated because signification is not a founding act, but rather a regulated process of repetition that both conceals itself and enforces its rules precisely through the production of substantializing
Choice cuts off substantializing
the friend into an impersonal given, while activity according to virtue obviates the loss of self into the other.
That "spirit" which provided sustenance and cohesion in times of emergency was in fact a desperate, phantasmatic performance: the rituals, the parades, the commemorations, the bonfires and the burning of effigies, all that maintained the trappings of power produced for that community what were no more than the substantializing
effects of "spirit," "superiority," "destiny," and "community" itself.
35) If attachment to something means to substantialize that something, and substantializing
something means to employ it under the service of self-possessive desire, then salvation in nirvana reverses the implications, "letting-go" of self in the compassionate "letting-be" of things.
Dumont holds that any substantializing
of castes would destroy the systemic structure of his model and signify its dissolution.
But power is the name that one attributes to this complexity, a name that renders manageable what might be otherwise too unwieldy or complex, and what, in its complexity, might defy the limiting and substantializing
ontology presupposed by the name.