Each Self is a Unique IKEA Furniture Set

What does simple managerial thinking teach us about the psychoanalytic process? A lot, and nothing at all. On one hand, being a creature of the tripartite utility seeking subpersonal psychisms [id, ego, superego] that is the unconscious, the analysand is always already motivated by a cognitively opaque desire for things that have no existence in […]

A Psychoanalytic & Phenomenological Critique of the Idea of Travel as Cognitive Enrichment

  Abstract This essay will examine the notion of travel as cognitive enhancement, or as pursuit of the bottom line, or surplus enjoyment, in light of the projected surge in tourism across the world in 2013 (Kumar 2013) and the elements of pathic wantonness reflected in this surge. The essay will enfold in two segments […]

Levi’s Materialism Lacks Matter

A brief, but total, rebuttal of Levi Bryant’s naive semantic naturalism and radical idiocy about science as the chief philosophy Levi Bryant: “A process is substrate neutral if it is indifferent to the material medium in which it takes place. This is how the information contained in genes is conceived by genecentric theorists like Dawkins […]

Reflections on Reality

The Big Other as the Expressive Autonomy of Normative Statuses Lacques Jacan   “In dealing with the big Other, it is crucial to be attentive to the interplay between the anonymous field and the subject impersonating it”. —Žižek, Slavoj. (2012). The Žižeko-Lacanian notion of the Big Other has often been invoked as a kind of […]

Science and the Subject supposed to know

“Levi Bryant argues that philosophy is empty and has no distinct subject matter. The funny thing is that no one ever listens.  Scientists, for example, do just fine defining the epistemological and methodological requirements of their work and their eyes grow glassy whenever they are lectured by the philosopher about knowledge. It’s true that scientists […]

Aufheben der Différance: Friendship as a Normative Commitment of Thought

                                                                                                             Lacques Jacan     “Because you are reading this a very long time after I have/ died, you cannot understand what I am writing here, and at/  best it may be possible for you to sound out the words,/ letter by letter, until the next space is reached./ I am dead and am writing […]

On Levi Bryant’s Axiomatic Absolutism *

The “new materialism” is neither new nor materialism. It is, in fact, the old vitalism. Now I don’t mean to disparage the new materialism when I say this, or to position myself as some old Wise One who goes around proclaiming that there is nothing new under the sun. What I want to do is […]

Intersectionalities: The a-nalytical Cathexis Through Laruelle

Lacques Jacan              The communion of three insights, namely [1] that there is no time in the unconscious or non-thinking part of the mind, [2] that there is no relation of necessity between the ordinal and the nominal idea of rational exhaustion, and [3] that there is no necessary relation […]

What is History?

  The past is not an eidolon that can be excavated at leisure. The debris of its empire are not a monument, or a minaret, and he who seeks after its raw girth is not lost to the senses in which man, perforce, finds himself again and again, viciously pursued by a sentience greater than […]

There is No Analyst

Lacques Jacan Abstract We will examine here the reasons why the inexistence of an analyst need not hamper the psycho-analytic process. The anal erotic disposition which circumscribes the act of communicative efficacy undergirds all analytic endeavours inasmuch as it evokes, contaminates even, the methods that appertain to affective adaptive stages in the childhood of the […]