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Self-Transgression and freedom

Glynos, J (2003) 'Self-Transgression and freedom.' Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 6 (2). pp. 1-20. ISSN 1369-8230

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Abstract

This essay sketches out the way in which Lacanian psychoanalysis can have a productive bearing on the analysis of political issues in general, and questions of freedom in particular. The article takes its bearings from a broad research problem ? the problem of self-transgression ? that can be said to structure the work of a wide range of social and political analysts. The problem of self-transgression aims to capture an intuition about those kinds of situations where an individual or group appear to both affirm an ideal and simultaneously to transgress it. In the first part of the essay I examine several possible conceptions of self-transgression with the aim of identifying, in the next part, the character of a Lacanian conception of self-transgression. The final part of the essay explores the implication this conception of self-transgression carries for our understanding of freedom, with special reference to the ?contented slave? puzzle and to some aspects of a desire-based conception of freedom.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2015 14:25
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:19
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10156

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