By Slavoj Žižek, Alenka Zupancic, Sina K. Najafi, Mladen Dolar, Alain Grosrichard, Miran Bozovic, Renata Salecl, Marc De Kessel, Ro
The Cartesian cogito—the precept articulated via Descartes that "I imagine, accordingly I am"—is usually hailed because the precursor of recent technology. whilst, the cogito’s agent, the ego, is typically feared because the service provider of manipulative domination chargeable for all current woes, from patriarchal oppression to ecological catastrophes. with no psychoanalyzing philosophy, Cogito and the Unconscious explores the vicissitudes of the cogito and exhibits that psychoanalyses can render noticeable a constitutive insanity inside of glossy philosophy, the purpose at which "I imagine, consequently I am" turns into obsessional neurosis characterised via "If I cease pondering, i'll stop to exist."
Noting that for Lacan the Cartesian build is equal to the Freudian "subject of the unconscious," the members stick with Lacan’s plea for a psychoanalytic go back to the cogito. alongside the trail of this go back, they learn the moral perspective that befits glossy subjectivity, the inherent sexualization of recent subjectivity, the deadlock within which the Cartesian venture turns into concerned given the enigmatic prestige of the human physique, and the Cartesian subject’s war of words with its smooth critics, together with Althusser, Bataille, and Dennett. In a method that has familiarize yourself to Zizek’s readers, those essays compile a strict conceptual research and an method of quite a lot of cultural and ideological phenomena—from the sadist paradoxes of Kant’s ethical philosophy to the universe of Ayn Rand’s novels, from the query "Which, if any, is the intercourse of the cogito?" to the security of the cogito opposed to the onslaught of cognitive sciences.
Challenging us to reassess basic notions of human awareness and smooth subjectivity, this can be a e-book whose very Lacanian orthodoxy makes it irreverently transgressive of principal theoretical paradigms. Cogito and the Unconscious will attract readers attracted to philosophy, psychoanalysis, cultural reports, and theories of ideology.
Contributors. Miran Bozovic, Mladen Dolar, Alain Grosrichard, Marc de Kessel, Robert Pfaller, Renata Salecl, Slavoj Zizek, Alenka Zupancic