Ambivalent Desires of Responsibility: Laplanche and Psychoanalytic Translations

Annika Thiem

in Unbecoming Subjects

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228980
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235865 | DOI:
Ambivalent Desires of               Responsibility: Laplanche and Psychoanalytic Translations

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Thinking about subject formation in the place of a theory of the subject means considering the histories and processes of this formation not as external or prior to what this subject is and can be. More specifically, becoming a subject is a continuous process characterized by an irrecoverable dispossession in one's relations to others and to the social norms that condition and sustain one's emergence in encounters with others. One consequence of this approach is that responsibility becomes one of the key concepts of moral philosophy. On the one hand, responsibility is seriously called into question by this theory of subject formation, but on the other hand, responsiveness and responsibility become a crucial link to understand how being decentered in and through one's relations to otherness is related to moral conduct in response to others.

Keywords: subject; social norms; moral philosophy; responsibility; moral conduct; otherness; Laplanche; responsiveness; subject formation

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