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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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Adorno, Theodor 320 Ainsworth, Mary 132 Aristotle 29, 47, 56, 105, 283, 295, 304–6, 329, 345 Augustine 248, 257 Bachelard, Gaston 58, 260, 285–6 Barsalou, Lawrence 369 Bartlett, Frederic 361 Beauvoir, de, Simone 54 Beckett, Samuel 179, 256 Benhabib, Seyla 73n Bentham, Jeremy 109, 212 Berlin, Brent 280 Bhaskar, Roy 111 Białostocki, Jan 249–50, 257 Billig, Michael 281 Blattner, William 40, 297n Boss, Medard 156, 183n, 185n Bourdieu, Pierre 283 Bowlby, John 132, 134n, 135 Brickman, Celia 11, 53–4, 162, 219 Brooke, Roger 6, 30n, 189–90, 204, 225 Brown, Lyn Mikel 27–8, 75n, 87–8, 93–5 Bruner, Jerome 361 Buber, Martin 34, 77n Burman, Erica 134n Cambray, Joseph 210, 212–13 Carman, Taylor 324 Caropreso, Fatima 163, 165 Christ 249–50 Crowell, Steven 297n, 326–7 Culler, Jonathan 54, 61n, 63n, 293n, 370 Dahlstrom, Daniel 384n Dante Alighieri 47, 286–7 Derrida, Jacques xi, 6–8, 10, 20–3, 24n, 114, 158, 174, 179–82, 185, 200–4, 210–12, 218, 241, 243, 246–8, 257–66, 268–70, 291, 318, 354 Descartes, René 7–9, 11, 33, 36, 57, 85, 92, 119, 141, 189, 193, 225, 230, 236, 248, 251, 257, 276, 294, 297, 302, 305, 321, 341–2, 349 Cogito 7, 201, 248, 257, 294 Dilthey, Wilhelm 248, 257 Downes, Paul 27, 73, 82–4, 91n, 93, 104, 106, 116n, 125, 129n, 187, 191, 193n, 204, 210, 271n, 273, 298n, 349n, 357–8, 366, 376, 380n Dreyfus, Hubert 199, 295,...

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