Energy, Propriation, Mastery

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

Energy, Propriation, Mastery

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This chapter examines how Jacques Derrida recovers the same pattern and the same complex interrelationship between individuality, power, priority, and death in Sigmund Freud. It explains that while Freud outlined a mode of the subject that attains individual specificity by the radical commitment to its own death, Derrida showed that the primacy of the primary processes is undercut by their disposition to being mastered and to becoming subject to some previously existing power. This chapter concludes that Derrida's pattern of the relationship between subject, sovereignty, and individuality can be read back into Freud's understanding of the economy of energy in the emergence of subjectivity, its propriation, and its relationship to mastery.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; Sigmund Freud; individuality; propriation; mastery; subjectivity

Chapter.  12133 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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