Unveiling the Grail on Human Nature and Mental Disorder
Section III: Shattering the Philosopher’s Stone, Cracking the Holy Grail: Reconceptions of Essence, Subjectivity, Logic & Metaphysics
Section III: Shattering the Philosopher’s Stone, Cracking the Holy Grail: Reconceptions of Essence, Subjectivity, Logic & Metaphysics 297 CHAPTER 7: The Case for a Sexed Spirogenetic Model You’ve got to love me for what I am, for simply being me. Don’t love me for what you intend or hope that I will be. (Karen Carpenter) My research suggests that there exists an originary, knowable, ‘spirogenetic’ essence that determines and motivates the whole form, function and develop- ment of an essentially subjective female self. But, with puberty if not before, this whole, unconditionally loved self is becoming fragmented, alienated, and lost (to consciousness) through its socially imposed inscription and (de)con- struction by a metaphysics and language that deny and demonize its existence, and reduce (pure, feminine) woman to the material/ideal/metaphoric properties of man’s essential being. If this is the case, then it is to be expected that the stages and changes in the development of the essential female self will reflect (changes in) the metaphysical/discursive conceptions of essence. And indeed, in relating this metaphysical/essence model of female subjectivity to the genealogy tracing the historical philosophical evolution of the notion of essence, it appears that the process of (mal)development of the contemporary essential female self, and especially the anorexic self, manifests the history of metaphysical and lin- guistic (mis)conceptions of essence from Platonic/Aristotelian times to the pre- sent day. On this basis, the anorexic self and (lack of) body present as evidence for the existence of a sexed spirogenetic essence...
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