The Beyonds of the Pleasure Principle

Aaron Schuster

in The Trouble with Pleasure

Published by The MIT Press

Published in print March 2016 | ISBN: 9780262528597
Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780262334150 | DOI:
The Beyonds of the Pleasure Principle

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Chapter II of Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition, “Repetition for Itself,” poses the crucial question of how the pleasure principle comes to rule over psychic life. This chapter examines how Deleuze accounts for the dynamic genesis of the unconscious according to the three processes of habit, memory, and the death instinct, which also refer to the three dimensions of time: present, past, and future. Each of these processes is, in its own way, both beyond the pleasure principle and crucial for establishing its dominance. The chapter concludes with two examples which cast Deleuze’s drive theory and the problem of difference and repetition in a fresh light: the use of Serge Leclaire’s essay “The Reality of Desire” in Anti-Oedipus, and the parable of the scorpion and the frog from Orson Welles’s film Mr. Arkadin.

Keywords: Pleasure Principle; Unconscious; Subject; Time; Repetition; Gilles Deleuze; Jacques Lacan; Orson Welles; Marcel Proust

Chapter.  12807 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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