This essay links authority and transference in a couple of ways: first there is the relation between psychoanalytic authorities and the methodological application of transference; second, there is the relation between psychoanalytic discourse and power differentials between therapist and client, and discourse to subject of discourse. For introduction purposes the following concepts will require definition: […]
Five main questions surfaced for me as I closely read the thoughtful and considered paper on transformative reversal and its brim-full of literary examples of a methodological application, transformative reversal.
(First published Sat Feb 19, 2005; substantive revision Wed Dec 24, 2014) On the phenomenological view, a minimal form of self-consciousness is a constant structural feature of conscious experience. Experience happens for the experiencing subject in an immediate way and as part of this immediacy, it is implicitly marked as my experience. For phenomenologists, this […]
They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not […]
When Death met the philosopher, the philosopher said, rather excitedly: “At this point, you realise, I’m both dead and not dead.” There was a sigh from Death. Oh dear, one of those, he thought. This is going to be about quantum again. He hated dealing with philosophers. They always tried to wriggle out of it. […]
1. Touch for money A well-timed touch can encourage other people to return a lost item. In one experiment, users of a phone booth who were touched were more likely to return a lost dime to an experimenter (Kleinke, 1977). The action was no more than a light touch on the arm. People will do […]
The idea of a private language was made famous in philosophy by Ludwig Wittgenstein, who in §243 of his book Philosophical Investigations explained it thus: “The words of this language are to refer to what can be known only to the speaker; to his immediate, private, sensations. So another cannot understand the language.” This is […]