TITLE

READING SCHELLING PSYCHOANALYTIC ALLY: ŽIŽEK ON THE FANTASY OF THE GROUND OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND LANGUAGE

AUTHOR(S)
Carew, Joseph
PUB. DATE
April 2015
SOURCE
Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy / Revue Ca;Spring2015, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p39
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
What are the origins of consciousness and language? Why are so many driven to see them as epiphenomenal to a metaphysically more primordial phenomenon when we have good reasons to think they are irreducible to such? Drawing on the work of the Slovenian psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek, and in particular his reading of the German philosopher F. W. J. Schelling, I suggest a provocative but nuanced thesis: that at the basis of human subjectivity there is no rhyme or reason for its emergence and to protect ourselves from this insight we build various fantasy-constructions of its ground as defensive mechanisms.
ACCESSION #
110369937

 

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