Economies of Subjectivity

Nick Mansfield

in The God Who Deconstructs Himself

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232413
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235735 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Economies of Subjectivity

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This chapter examines the relationship between Sigmund Freud and Georges Bataille's thinking on the issue of subjectivity as either an economy of energy or as located in one. It suggests that the model of sovereignty that can be traced to Jacques Derrida first arises in Bataille's consideration of the politics of subjectivity. The Freudian model of the subject may have shifted to an economic model in order to supplement and subsume the inadequacies and incompleteness of the previous models, particularly with respect to the dynamic interrelation of one psychic system with another.

Keywords: subjectivity; Sigmund Freud; Georges Bataille; Jacques Derrida; model of sovereignty

Chapter.  14229 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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