Initially, I had a different idea in mind for this paper, I was going to write about the need for solidarity and the practical use of philosophy in challenging times. The subject and the format of my paper transformed as I was working on it and gradually became more self-critical and more honest to myself. I decided to not only follow my initial intention but also to introspectively trace my implicit thoughts and feelings that accompanied the very process of my writing and possibly the process of any academic philosophical writing. This turned my paper into an existential confession of…
Philosophical therapy in apocalyptic times
Recently, we began to talk a lot — me, you, politicians, philosophers, our colleagues, mothers, and children. We are panically looking for information and passing it on to each other, trying to apply it to the analysis of the current situation and give predictions. We turn to the experience of the past in the hopes of finding an analog of what is happening and develop reliable guidelines. In a word, we talk to bring certainty and clarity to the situation.
People tend to talk a lot when they are scared of uncertainty. We talk to…
Deleuze and Guattari (= D&G) are undoubtedly prophets of modern times.
Their philosophy marked a global shift in our understanding, outlining contours of the new world and of posthumanity, which are only today becoming realities.
Perhaps they even better understood today’s us — where we come from and why — than we understand ourselves, while being already within the world they predicted. More precisely, D&G showed the absurdity of any “from” and “why” in relation to modernity.
The method of comprehending and producing forms of sociality they proposed is radically different from the one still more habitual to us, that…
Julie Reshe on disgusting gypsies, the downside of tolerance and pain of modern nomadic living.
I have no race except which is forced upon me. I have no country except that to which I’m obliged to belong. I have no traditions. I’m free. I have only the future.
— Richard Wright, Pagan Spain
Instead of the term “Roma”, I will deliberately use the less politically correct term “Gypsies”, because it is the latter that conveys the image I need for my purposes. Using the image of gypsies, I’m not so much going to try to see them from within their…
The new era in which we find ourselves in a globalizing and digitizing world is the era of digital nomads. Technically, the term “digital nomad” originally meant a category of people who work remotely using digital technologies and lead a mobile lifestyle.
Digital nomads are no longer a separate marginal group, but the prevailing way of life. Now it’s everybody with access to the Internet, that is, with the ability to communicate and collaborate with many people locating in different parts of the planet and to form diffused virtual connections.
From a philosophical point of view, today’s human is a…
When talking about neurological disorders of excess, Oliver Sacks discusses a clinical case of Ray.
Ray has Tourette syndrome, a disorder of the central nervous system associated with an excess of nervous energy, which manifests itself in the form of ticks, grimaces and involuntary movements. The syndrome is named after Gilles de la Tourette, who in 1885 outlined the diagnostic picture of the syndrome.
In the religious perspective, those with Tourette’s fit best into the category of the devil-possessed ones. Gilles de la Tourette himself considered the syndrome possession by primitive impulses.
Tourette syndrome can affect all levels of the…
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In his book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Oliver Sacks tells the story of Christina, whom he describes as “the disembodied lady”.
Christina is an active intelligent woman of twenty-seven, working as a computer programmer and a mother of two young children.
Before the illness, she would never complain about her health. To her surprise, after an attack of abdominal pain, she was found to have gallstones, and was advised to remove them. …
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From Negri’s commentary on “yellow vests” it follows that something incomprehensible is happening — “There is in France something that is rising up with violence”. It is only clear that this “something” is undoubtedly significant.
The significance of it is evidenced by mass support (two thirds of the population approve of the general movement) and incidents of insubordination of fire and police officers.
The incomprehensibility is expressed in the fundamental absence of the agenda and the refusal of the “yellow vests” to negotiate with the existing political structures.
According to Negri,
I see the function of a necropsychotherapist, that is my own, as not identifying myself and not being on the side of any gender, any sexual orientation, any ethnicity, or any other existing identities.
Necropsychotherapist is the keeper of the void, the instance of suicide and devastation.
Void is opposed to any complete self-determination. Doubt, mutability, queer are what indicate the void. Void is at work when the identity of man, woman, mother, father, Russian, American, straight or gay commits suicide.
The role of the keeper of the void is painful and requires masochistic devotion. It is, by definition, the…
Catherine Malabou claims that both neuroscience and psychoanalysis fail to take destructive plasticity into account, but they do it, just in different ways. Freud has no middle term between the plasticity of gaining form and elasticity as the erasure of all form; therefore, he failed to take into account the possibility of the formation of new identity through the work of destructive power. As for neurobiology, although it deals with transformations of identity resulting from brain lesions or traumatic events, it merely observes such transformation and fails to theorize it. Within the framework of both neurology and neurobiology, the formation…
▪️ professor of philosophy, SAS UTMN ▪️ director of the Institute of Psychoanalysis, GCAS ▪️ negative psychoanalyst