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The Primordial Dance

Diametric and Concentric Spaces in the Unconscious World

Paul Downes

This book argues that a silent axis of the unconscious world rests largely undiscovered. It recasts foundational concepts in the psychology of Freud, Jung, Carol Gilligan and R.D. Laing, as well as in cognitive science, to highlight this hidden unconscious axis: primordial spaces of diametric and concentric structures. The author generates fresh approaches to understanding the philosophy of early Heidegger and Derrida, with the idea of cross-cultural diametric and concentric spaces fuelling a radical reinterpretation of early Heidegger’s transcendental project, and challenging a postmodern consensus that reduces truths and experiences to mere socially constructed playthings of culture.
The book, which also examines projected structures in modernist art, suggests a systematic refashioning of many Western assumptions, but it is more than a deconstruction. It also attempts to offer a new interplay between structures and meaning, as a spatial phenomenology. This significant expansion of the boundaries of human subjectivity opens alternative pathways for imagining what it means to be human, in order to challenge the reduction of experience to instrumental reason.

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Af fect 24, 61, 63, 113–14, 127, 135, 144, 149, 182, 227, 251–3, 255, 293–4, 299 Renewal of 217, 225 Waning of x, 217–19, 221, 223, 225, 294 African 44, 46, 78 Age of Reason 243–8, 254, 257–8 Enlightenment Ideals of Progress 219, 296 Ahistorical 33n, 181, 201, 232, 324 Alienation 221–2, 224 (see also reification) Ambivalence 119, 121, 127, 132–5, 152, 269, 295 Ancient 5, 9, 10–11, 34, 44–5, 47, 49, 52–5, 58, 163–4, 180–1, 184, 238, 243–4, 247, 254, 258, 260, 295–6 Angle of Relation 269 Annihilation 146–7, 170, 173–4, 268 Anthropocentrism 101, 159–60, 229, 291, 330n Anthropology 3, 11, 43, 51, 53, 55, 64, 68, 164, 200, 203, 209, 212, 292n, 298, 308, 330n, 334, 372 Antinomy 251–2 Kant’s Third Antinomy xii, 341–2, 346, 379, 387–90, 392 Anxiety Angst xi, 23–4, 83, 181, 219, 225, 294, 296, 307, 309–12, 316–20, 330–1, 333, 339 Castration Anxiety 120, 263 Separation Anxiety 121, 123, 132 Structure of 219–26, 296, 309–20, 339 Apollonian 51, 212, 257, 271, 381 Appearance xi, 7, 17, 21, 38–9, 126, 207, 218, 221, 296, 298–9, 321–8, 334, 339, 341, 388–9 A Priori vii, xi, xii, 3–4, 7, 9, 10, 13, 17n, 18n, 19, 23, 36–43, 55, 58–60, 68, 187, 202, 286–7, 289, 291–4, 296, 308–9, 317, 319, 322, 324,...

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