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Does the highlighted sentence mean "to describe the relations between people who may not have any understanding of the Western conception of the subject"?


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In the current trend in art-critical discourse, which embraces relational theories of the subject, it is often forgotten that Freud’s theories are themselves relational, his focus on negativity not only having to do with his time of writing, which spanned the lead up to two world wars, but also telling us something fundamental about the destructive aspects of the psyche which needs to be borne in mind in relation to ethical interrelations between subjects. While we may need new concepts of the subject to enable us to articulate relations between others for whom the Western conception of the subject may not feature on the cultural horizon, we cannot will away our originally destructive histories, either individual or social.

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cattttDoes the highlighted sentence mean "to describe the relations between people who may not have any understanding of the Western conception of the subject"?

Probably. Hard to say. I have never heard of anything's featuring on the cultural horizon before. First you have to try to divine what horizon she means and how it can be cultural. Then you have to decide how a subject can feature on it. I think she is trying to be delicate and not insult the Third World, China, and the Moslems. A nice trick if you can swing it. I hesitate to try to elucidate what cannot be understood by the words on the page, but it seems she is suggesting that the non-Western cultures have no intention of adopting Western ideas on the subject, and so we will have to incorporate theirs.