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Worldlessness After HeideggerPhenomenology, Psychoanalysis, Deconstruction$
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Roland Végsö

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474457613

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474457613.001.0001

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The Science of Worldlessness

The Science of Worldlessness

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Worldlessness After Heidegger

Roland Végső

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter examines the role of worldlessness in the works of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan. The first half of the chapter concentrates on Freud and the way the worldlessness of life becomes the central problem of his metapsychological reflections. This inquiry allows us to define the Freudian unconscious as the location where the worldlessness of life and the worldlessness of thought meet. The second half of the chapter traces the idea of worldlessness in the works of Lacan. It focuses on Lacan’s discussions of the signifier, psychosis and anxiety. It concludes by arguing that Lacan defines psychoanalysis as the science of worldlessness.

Keywords:   Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, psychoanalysis, science, unconscious, schizophrenia, death drive, signifier, Thing, psychosis, anxiety

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