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Repetition Compulsion Beyond Freud: fort-da Between Lacan and Derrida


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Milanko, Andrea. (2016). Repetition Compulsion Beyond Freud: fort-da Between Lacan and Derrida. Filozofska istraživanja, 36(1). pp. 119-135. ISSN 1848-2309

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It is well known that the Lacan–Derrida strife begins with the Seminar on the “Purloined Letter”, but a more thorough genealogy of dispute over valid interpretations of Freud’s legacy has widely been neglected. Freud’s speculative text Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920) is ambivalent in that radical new terms (death drive, repetition compulsion, economic principle in psychic apparatus) are introduced while being contradicted in Freud’s elaboration. This interpretative dissonance is reconciled by Lacan’s interventions, i.e. either by new distinctions into old terms (Trieb vs. Instinkt), or by entirely new terms (l’automatisme de répétition, symbolic and imaginary order). Derrida makes a claim to be responding to the Beyond the Pleasure Principle without imprisoning it in a single and unified interpretation. His reading renders Freud’s text close to fiction and deconstruction, which also represents a form of resistance to Lacanian institutionalisation of Freud.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: repetition compulsion; pleasure principle; death drive; reality principle; psychic apparatus; dynamical model of the psyche; intersubjectivity; critique of psychoanalysis
Subjects: Philosophy
Departments: Department of Philosophy
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2018 08:55
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2018 08:55

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