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What is it like to be happy?

I accept that pain is a quale, or qualia. But does anyone suggest that happiness and sadness, aren't - that someone who has never been happy doesn't learn what happiness is by being happy, that we ...
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How many mirrors must a man look in before he becomes a man?

In Lacanian theory, the mirror stage first becomes effective when the infant ego is confronted with the possibility of another ego - an other - usually taken as the gaze of the mother; but this is but ...
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What kind of math curriculum would one need to go through to understand Lacanian topology and knot theory?

All the latest psychoanalytic theory has been pursuing a highly mathematized trajectory which has left me in the dust as a philosophy/psychology student (4 years of liberal arts college with no math ...
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Deleuzian Desire

Deleuze & Guattari offer an alternative definition of desire than that of psychoanalysis: Desire does not lack anything; it does not lack its object. It is, rather, the subject lacking desire, ...
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'Production' as a quality in the Anti-Oedipus

I am beginning reading Anti-Oedipus and am trying to understand the synthesis of two notions D+G discuss in the first section on Desiring Machines: The quasi-metaphysical conception of everything as ...
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What is a larval-subject?

On the heading of this blog: Larvae are creatures in a process of becoming or development that have not yet actualized themselves in a specific form. This space is a space for the incubation of ...
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In psychoanlaysis should the id-ego-superego 'configuration' be understood in terms of a historical dialectic?

I've edited this question after Dr Sisters comments on my mis-use of Freudian terminology. My initial understanding of the mature Id-Ego-SuperEgo configuration is to see them as static. But according ...
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Why do Deleuze and Guattari turn the Id into an It?

In the opening chapter "Desiring Machines" of Deleuze and Guattari's Anti-Oedipus (the first volume of Capitalism & Schizophrenia) the authors write: It is at work everywhere, functioning ...
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Spirit vs. big Other in Zizek's philosophy

What is the relationship between the Hegelian Spirit and Lacan's big Other in the view of Slavoj Zizek? Are there passages where both are present? or where Spirit is used in a more explicitly ...
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What is Suicide to the Unconscious?

Sigmeund Freud beckoned the importance of the civilized man's unconscious incapability of acknowledging death. We cannot, indeed, imagine our own death; whenever we try to do so we find that we ...
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How does Foucault argue that 'scientia sexualis' is utilised to support state racism?

In his History of Sexuality, Part III: Scientia Sexualis Foucault explores the development of the scientific study of sex, the attempt to unearth the "truth" of sex, a phenomenon which he argues is ...
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Does the freudian subconcious have roots in Plato?

I read somewhere, I think it may even be in a dialogue of Plato, rather than a commentary, but I've forgotten altogether that Plato had a notion of the subconcious. Is there a reference for this ...
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Is there any connection between the catholic conception of confession and psychotherapy?

Confession is healing of the soul by repentence to God mediated by a priest, psychoanalysis indulges in a confession of the secrets of the soul in order to heal. Is there any connection here or am I ...
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Colonization of the imaginary - is this even possible?

Nowhere is this fetishist logic more evident than apropos of Tibet, one of the central references of the post-Christian "spiritual" imaginary. Today, Tibet more and more plays the role of such a ...
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Psychoanalysis and the ontologization of the self

I'm very interested in psychoanalysis ontologization of the "self"-concept meaning: The idea that there is a self - a continuous entity with some inner dynamic, that we must fight (defense mechanism) ...
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Slavoj Zizek and jouissance [closed]

Can anyone explain to me what jouissance mean in Slavoj Zizek's philosophy? I understand Lacan's term, but I am having a hard time understanding Slavoj Zizek's jouissance. More specifically, how does ...
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How does Lacan's notion of the Mirror Stage apply to children that are congenitally blind?

Lacan's notion of the mirror stage seems to rely directly on the ability of the child to see. Some are born blind, so they do not have the opportunity to "see" their self-image in a mirror. A ...
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'Daemons' vis-a-vis transcendental personification of self-will

Greek mythology, classical philosophy and early theology is teeming with things referred to as 'daemons'. Many, such as those of Plato's Socrates, hint at an externalised transcendental corollary of ...