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Does chat-gpt have an unconscious? [closed]

Does chat-gpt have an unconscious? Do you need qualia (which I feel chat-gpt lacks, though in reality I don't know what it is, rather than what it outputs) to have an unconscious, or just the capacity ...
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Can a self defeating pro attitude make for a meaningful life?

Can a self defeating pro attitude make for a meaningful life? I was thinking of "pro attitude" in the sense of when e.g. one "does what one believes to be really important" or one &...
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Understanding Freud

I have recently started studying Freud and have so far managed to read part of his Studies on Hysteria, as well as The Neuro-Psychoses of Defense. In reading his Interpretation of Dreams, I have had ...
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Does Freudian/Lacanian psychoanalysis drives toward irrationalism and low self-control?

Presentation: According to Freudian/Lacanian psychoanalysis: Human behavior is partly driven by the subconscious. The subconscious is a kind of psychological black box, inaccessible directly by the ...
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What does Lacan mean by signifiers presenting a subject for another signifier?

I was reading an article on Lacan's Signifier concept posted on nosubject.com. I am very confused by this one sentence: Lacan defines a signifier as "that which represents a subject for another ...
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Freud and (German) idealism

The French wikipedia article on German romanticism mentions a very strong tie between Freud psychoanalysis and German romanticism. German romantism is also said to have strong link with German ...
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Subjectivity and ethics surrounding mental illness diagnoses

I learnt the term 'anosognosia'; a 'lack of insight' into one's mental disorder. People who apparently 'suffer' from anosognosia are oblivious to the fact that they have a mental disorder, anosognosia ...
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Question about Sartre's distinction between "self-consciousness", "subject", and "ego"

I am reading the Routledge Critical Thinkers series on Jacques Lacan, and I have come across this passage about Jean-Paul Sartre: In an early work entitled Transcendence of the Ego (1934) Sartre ...
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How can one reconcile individual and social interests?

The conflict between the interests of an individual and those of a group/society plays on many levels: Economic relations It can be framed as a conflict between liberalism/individualism and socialism....
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Is Psychoanalysis a Type of Phenomenology?

Psychoanalysis—be it Freudian, Jungian or Lacanian—is concerned with how reality is experienced by the subject as affected by his/her unconscious wishes, desires, sometimes even by archetypal myths, ...
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How do Rational Egoists Respond to Psychology?

Rational egoism is the position that humans always act rationally and to further the actor's self-interest. But ever since Carl Jung psychologists have pretty much been in agreement that humans do not ...
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Researchers describe emotions as either “positive” or “negative”. But can emotions be “right” or “wrong”?

Could it be regarded as either right or wrong from being tied to either positive or negative connotations? See: On “Positive” and “Negative” Emotions by Robert C. Solomon and Lori D. Stone
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the disembodied nature of the spectator

The following text is from the book Art and Psychoanalysis by Maria Walsh. Does any one have any information about "the disembodied nature of the spectator"? I have not ever heard of it. Text: ...
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Freud's tripartite linguistic play

Maria Walsh in her book Art and Psychoanalysis says: Uncanny sensations are triggered in the present by the creepy evocation of a past that the subject has repressed, a past that should have ...
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Are dreams just the world without the big Other?

Are dreams an alternative world where there is no big Other as the ever observing agency mentioned by Lacan?
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Are there any good sources that would help me read Lacan's Seminar XVII?

I've been interested in psychoanalysis for the past year or so; I've read a little bit of Freud (the introductory lectures, the case study on the Rat Man, Beyond the Pleasure Principle, and about half ...
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Existence of Jungian archetypes

I can't seem to make sense of any of the summary definitions of an archetype according to Jung. Has a consise, consistent definition been given anywhere?
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Too involved with who you think you are

What does Slavoj Zizek mean when he says "...too involved with who you think you are..." and quoting Lacan "a madman is not only a beggar who thinks he is a king but also a king who thinks he is a ...
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Questions on Peter Hallward's introduction to Alain Badiou's Ethics?

In his introduction to "Ethics" by Alain Badiou he does a quick run down on how the analytic ethics of Lacan differ from the philosophical ethics of Badiou. I'm having a hard time ...
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Psychoanalytic anthropology

How did Freud explain the phylogenesis of mankind? I am having a hard time understanding the perpetual cycle that he speaks of. On my most likely faulty interpretation, the most dominant male ...
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Some examples of what lacan calls 'subject'

I've been searching to find some examples of 'subject' in psychoanalysis of lacan and i can't find good examples of 'subject of enunciation' and 'subject of enunciated'. Can someone please give some ...
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How do you guys view Jungian Psychology? [closed]

I was wondering how people view Analytical psychology, and a lot of the theories connected to it.(Jungian Psychology & Analytical Psychology are the same thing)
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Why does the Freudian death drive exist if it is mute and has no 'effects'?

I could be wrong, but this is what I understood in class. What I'm wondering is it's because he makes the statement earlier that emotions come in opposite pairs? (But I'm not sure he applies that to ...
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Does holistic health have its roots in Nietzsche's philosophy?

Was the Nietzsche's work the main influential thing in how people thought about holistic health as both our mental and physical health? Could it be that it was the Nietzsche's Human all too human that ...
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Opposite of individualism?

If a person was not an individualist, What action would he or she take, in response to setting someone getting hurt, or killed?
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How does one bring mind and matter into a single ontology that accounts for subconscious mind?

How does one define mind and matter coherently... do these categories even make sense in a single framework? I can refer to my consciousness and the contents of my consciousness as "mind", this leaves ...
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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Before I self-actualize can I help people self-actualize, because that usually happens after a person self actualizes?
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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 schizophrenic? I'm guessing there's a few, if the failure of psychoanalysis to treat the schizophrenic represents a ...
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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 like Freud and Lacan interpret the concept of "proof"?

How do psychoanalysts interpret the epistemological concept of "proof" in their theoretical work? 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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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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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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