Shame as a compromise for humiliation and rage in the internal representation of abuse by loved ones: Processes, motivations, and the role of dissociation

(2017). Shame as a compromise for humiliation and rage in the internal representation of abuse by loved ones: Processes, motivations, and the role of dissociation. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation: Vol. 18, The Abused and the Abuser: Victim-Perpetrator Dynamics, pp. 383-396.

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Authentic Fidelity is the Drive to Mourn — Işık Barış Fidaner

Žižekian Analysis

I have previously interpreted (Žižek’s description of) the Hegelian matrix of the dialectical process in terms of melancholy and mourning [1]. Dialectics is melancholy insofar as it simulates the loss of an impossible or inexistent object; it is also mourning insofar as it sublates this simulation in the end, in its “punchline”, where it releases the desire (libido) which will then be able to re-attach to other objects by following its metonymy. Therefore, in the “witticism” of the dialectical process, the efficacy of mourning (sublation) relies on the preceding invocation of melancholy (lost Origin). To use an imaginary metaphor from cinema, the dialectical process is like Norman Bates cleaning the traces of Marion’s murder in the bathroom in Psycho, where melancholy is the water and soap he uses and mourning is his mopping the floor clean.

Let us now focus on a footnote where Žižek distinguishes authentic fidelity as…

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The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality

In the last few years my interest in asexuality has shifted from a concern with the experience of asexual people to a preoccupation with why those who aren’t asexual find it as confusing as they do. This can seem to be a confusingly niche interest, or at least I occasionally worry that it might come across […]

The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality

Melancholy is a failure to desire — Işık Barış Fidaner — Žižekian Analysis

Melancholy is a failure to desire. The ambiguity of this phrase is resolved by interpreting it two times. 1) First interpretation: “Melancholy is a failure to desire” in the sense of failing in desiring the objects of the world. This is the usual Žižekian definition of the melancholic as “the subject who possesses the object […]

Melancholy is a failure to desire — Işık Barış Fidaner — Žižekian Analysis

Against Borders: Why the World Needs Free Movement of People (2020)

Can’t wait to read this! This book provides a philosophical defence of open borders. Two policy dogmas are the right of sovereign states to restrict immigration and the infeasibility of opening borders. These dogmas persist in face of the human suffering caused by border controls and in spite of a global economy where the […]

Against Borders: Why the World Needs Free Movement of People (2020)

The mechanical philosophy and mysterianism

Noam Chomsky published an essay on his web site a few years ago: Science, Mind, and Limits of Understanding.  Chomsky’s thesis is that there are areas of reality that science is simply incapable of understanding.  He uses as his principle example, the case of Isaac Newton’s understanding of gravity. Chomsky acknowledges that this is a […]

The mechanical philosophy and mysterianism