Try Thinking As If Perhaps

Sarah Wood

in Without Mastery

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2014 | ISBN: 9780748669974
Published online January 2015 | e-ISBN: 9781474400985 | DOI:

Series: The Frontiers of Theory EUP

Try Thinking As If Perhaps

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This chapter considers the philosophy of necessity and the personified figure Necessity in Plato, Freud and Derrida. Necessity is a vital aspect of thought but it / she is, and has to remain, somewhat enigmatic. The chapter argues for a stronger awareness of the experience of necessity and the influence of erotic and corporeal life in thought more generally. Elizabeth Bowen’s novel The Little Girls, with its literary, fictional, woman-and-child-focused approach to relationship, casts some important light on the question of desire and necessity, and on the effects of the feminine in thinking.

Keywords: thinking; necessity; Plato; Freud; Derrida; Elizabeth Bowen; tropes; the feminine

Chapter.  8008 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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