The Rewriting of Destiny

Mari Ruti

in The Singularity of Being

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780823243143
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823243181 | DOI:

Series: Psychoanalytic Interventions

The Rewriting of Destiny

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This chapter posits that the rewriting of personal destiny entails breaking through the fantasies that fix the subject into a specific existential groove – one that is dictated by the demands of the repetition compulsion. It draws on Lacan's analysis of the enigmatic desire of the other to show how social power infiltrates the subject not only on the psychic but also on the bodily level, easily filling it with the kind of “too muchness” of energy that overagitates it to the point of breakdown. And, unfortunately, some subject positions are much more prone to such overagitation than others, so that the enigmatic desire of the other is a deeply political, rather than merely personal, concern. The chapter also introduces Lacan's notion of the “truth” of desire, specifying that it is precisely this truth that facilitates the subject's capacity to rewrite its fate.

Keywords: destiny; fantasy; the repetition compulsion; the enigmatic desire of the other; “too muchness” of energy; breakdown; the rewriting of fate

Chapter.  10069 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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