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Deferring the Self

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Szymon Wrobel

This book is a result of studies on psychoanalysis, politics, and art. The topics in this book range from populism, the limits of the political, identity, melancholy, the peculiarity of psychoanalytical interpretation to the connection of theatre and politics. Psychoanalysis is a form of practicing personal truth, which needs to be one’s own and which is not a result of anonymous discourse. Politics is the practice of being with others; it is the cultivation of antagonistic relations with others. Art is the practice aiming at giving one’s life the mark of something unique, it is the very practice of life.

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Introduction: Practicing the Humanities ............................................................... 9 1. The politics of reading ............................................................................ 10 2. The question of method .......................................................................... 13 3. Styles of practicing the humanities......................................................... 14 4. The practices of dislocation .................................................................... 16 5. Psychoanalysis, politics and art .............................................................. 18 6. The clinic of politics ............................................................................... 21 7. Deferring (nachträglich) the Self ........................................................... 23 8. Practice ................................................................................................... 25 PART ONE: PSYCHOANALYSIS........................................................................................ 29 I. Consent and Resistance to Psychoanalysis .................................................. 31 1. The renaissance of psychoanalysis in question ...................................... 31 2. Psychoanalysis as an anthropology ........................................................ 35 3. Unreason and Enlightenment.................................................................. 36 4. Kultur or fantasies about nature.............................................................. 38 5. The future of psychoanalysis .................................................................. 41 II. Foucault reads Freud: the Dialogue with Unreason and Enlightenment........................................................................................ 45 1. Presence of the name .............................................................................. 45 2. Freud in Foucault’s work: critical presence............................................ 49 3. Who reads what?..................................................................................... 55 4. There once was a star on which clever animals invented knowledge .... 60 5. Freedom and psychoanalysis .................................................................. 64 III. The Concept of the Death Drive. Reading Slavoj iek’s Opera’s Second Death ........................................... 69 1. Plan ......................................................................................................... 69 2. Wagner und haunted subjects ................................................................. 71 3. Death drive.............................................................................................. 72 4. The death drive as the mask of the symbolic order ................................ 76 5. The return of the dead............................................................................. 80 IV. Rethinking Deconstruction: Why Deconstruction is Inventive or It is Nothing at All? ................................ 83 1. The question of school............................................................................ 83 2. Is deconstruction a form destruction?..................................................... 85 6 Contents 3. Is deconstruction a method of analysis? ................................................. 87 4. Is deconstruction a method of critique?.................................................. 89 5. Is deconstruction a practice of reading? ................................................. 93 6. The ethics of deconstruction ................................................................... 95 7. Invention...

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