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Wrestling with the angel : experiments in symbolic life

Author: Tracy McNulty
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2014]
Series: Insurrections.
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Wrestling with the Angel is a meditation on contemporary political, legal, and social theory from a psychoanalytic perspective. It argues for the enabling function of formal and symbolic constraints in sustaining desire as a source of creativity, innovation, and social change. The book begins by calling for a richer understanding of the psychoanalytic concept of the symbolic and the resources it might offer for an  Read more...
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Named Person: Jacques Lacan; Jacques Lacan
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tracy McNulty
ISBN: 9780231161183 0231161182 9780231161190 0231161190
OCLC Number: 863199811
Description: xiv, 300 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Enabling Constraints: Part 1. Reinventing the Symbolic: 1. Inventions of the Symbolic: Lacan's Reading of Freud --
2. Demanding the Impossible: Desire and Social Change --
Part 2. Political Theology and the Question of the Written: 3. Wrestling with the Angel --
4. The Gap in the Law and the Unwritable Act of Decision: Carl Schmitt's Political Theology --
5. The Event of the Letter: Two Approaches to the Law and Its Real --
6. The Commandment Against the Law: Writing and Divine Justice in Walter Benjamin's "Critique of Violence" and Immanuel Kant's Critique of Judgment --
Coda: Toward an Aesthetics of Symbolic Life --
7. Freedom Through Constraints: On the Question of Will.
Series Title: Insurrections.
Responsibility: Tracy McNulty.

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