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What are the ethical issues specific to the coercive treatment of schizophrenia?

Are there many ethical issues specific to forced psychiatric treatment of the schizo? I'm guessing there's a few, if the failure of psychoanalysis to treat the schizophrenic represents a failure of ...
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Lacan seems to invert 'metaphor' and 'metonymy': why?

This good site claims Metonymy thus concerns the ways in which signifiers can be combined / linked in a single signifying chain ("horizontal" relations), whereas metaphor concerns the ways in ...
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How do psychoanalysts interpret the epistemological concept of “proof”?

How do psychoanalysts interpret the epistemological concept of "proof"? Not necessarily of psychoanalysis.
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How are subconscious mental states possible?

One of the most important defining mental features of mental states is that they are directly knowable. Indeed this is at the heart of the mind body problem: the mind is so special because mental ...
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Why do obscenities worldwide focus on mothers and, sometimes, sisters? [closed]

The most popular swear-words worldwide have references to sexual acts or sexual parts of mothers and sisters. What is the psychology behind that? If the intention is to rile the man or woman on the ...
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Death drive and aggression [closed]

It struck me just then that the internet is a tiny bit like a blossoming Brave New World, except Eros or sex is pretty much stayed inalienable, and a powerful force. Whereas non physical aggression ...
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Question about Imre Hermann's book Parallelismes

Apparently, in his book Parallelismes, Imre Hermann discusses Hilbert, Brouwer en Russell from the viewpoint of psycho-pathology. Does anyone know whether the entire book is about mathematicians/...
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Is this criticism of Luce Irigaray's statements on physics accurate?

Wikipedia has this to say about Luce Irigaray Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont, in their book critiquing postmodern thought (Fashionable Nonsense, 1997), criticize Luce Irigaray on several grounds. In ...
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Sigmund Freud related work to writer self empowerment by autobiography

I am writing my thesis on Quest of Feminine Identity, and i came across the theory of Sigmund Freud that said that Feminist Writers use Autobiographies as means of self empowerment, exploration ...
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Is Žižek usage of Psychoanalysis and Marxism considered transdisciplinary or interdisciplinary?

An explanation of what the difference between trans and interdisciplinary approaches would be greatly appreciated!
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What is a Master-Signifier?

I am currently reading "The Fragile Absolute" by Slavoj Žižek. In chapter four he talks about the Master-Signifier. I am not very familiar with Lacan's concepts (I think it comes from him), so could ...
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Is there justification to jealousy (of another's abilities), or is it unreasonable? [closed]

While arguing with my friend about the future, I bring up that the advantages to being born in the future are something I am jealous of (and depressed about). I must include the parenthetical ...
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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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Is the machinic ontology in Anti-Oedipus metaphysical or psychological?

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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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 ...