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Self-Transgressive Enjoyment as a Freedom Fetter

Glynos, J (2008) 'Self-Transgressive Enjoyment as a Freedom Fetter.' Political Studies, 56 (3). pp. 679-704. ISSN 0032-3217

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This article explores the implications that a particular psychoanalytic insight carries for thinking about freedom in general and Charles Taylor's approach to freedom in particular. Courtesy of the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, this insight supplies a logic of enjoyment to explain an aspect of the problem of self-transgression ? a problem summarising those situations in which a subject appears both to affirm an ideal and, at the same time, systematically to transgress it. This insight points to a generally neglected source of unfreedom or ?freedom fetter?? what I call self-transgressive enjoyment. My argument is that Taylor's account of freedom and its fetters captures something important about the dimension of self-transgressive enjoyment, but that it finds it difficult to elucidate and accommodate what is ultimately at stake in this psychoanalytically informed conception of unfreedom.

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: 03 Oct 2012 11:42
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:19

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