Archive for the ‘Freud’ Category

Let us make a decision – cut one half of the vicious fluid from the other – for our purposes slime is an organic substance and is different from waste in that waste is what the organic sheds to shed whereas slime harbors a stronger claim to the core of the organism – it’s functions […]

Following Nick of The Accursed Share’s brilliant remarks on Brassier’s reading of Deleuze, I wish to return to the following passage from Nihil Unbound: “In Zizek’s Hegelianism, the subject achieves its autonomy by retroactively positing/reintegrating its own contingent material determinants: freedom is the subjective necessity of objective contingency. But by dissolving the idea of a […]

The following is from Plato’s Phaedo, Book 1: “The philosopher desires death–which the wicked world will insinuate that he also deserves: and perhaps he does, but not in any sense which they are capable of understanding. Enough of them: the real question is, What is the nature of that death which he desires? Death is […]

/1/ – Porus origins I devoted an early entry to the subject of Anorexia previously as well as one on Skeletal Ontology – here I am working out a possible synthesis of those arguments via my new found philosophical program – transcendental materialism. So to begin again: With Skeletal ontology, I discussed that while Nick […]

/1/ – The Uncanny road to trauma… The translation of the word unheimlich, literally ‘unhomeness’, is uncanny – a philosophical and psychological category all too familiar thanks to the work of Sigmund Freud. Yet, the original German term has a primarily spatial orientation – it is a feeling of not being where one feels like […]

/1/ – Split being The core of Shelley Jackson’s text Half Life might be summed up best in the etymology of the word decide. Whereas decision is usually thought of in terms of choice or as a soft act of free will, the meaning of the suffix -cide tells us that the word is far […]

/1/ – War wind weathered bones Let’s risk a fairly ridiculous argument – the western, as a film has exploded in popularity during times of a kind of colonial fear – world war II, 1957 (the height of the cold war due to the launch of Sputnik) and most recently during the first and second […]

/1/ – Ontological evacuation and the Sublime There’s a moment, which I have already mentioned in previous posts, in Alenka Zupancic’s brilliant text Ethics of the Real where she carefully articulates the Kantian sublime. While I will not repeat her discussion in full, what I’ve been endlessly fascinated with is the ontological shift that occurs […]

/1/ – Graphic novel or comic book? The idea of a field like comic book studies (which is a not really established field within another not really established field – Popular Culture Studies) might appear pretty laughable even to non-academics, or more serious lit folks who thumb their noses at comics in general. Comics, for […]

/1/ – The Great insults In several texts Žižek has pointed out the great insults to humanity and our perceived role in the universe. The first is Copernicus’ discovery that we are not at the center of the universe contrary to the bible. The second great insult comes from Darwin – we are not even […]