By Alfred I. Tauber
Requiem for the Ego recounts Freud's final nice try and 'save' the autonomy of the ego, which drew philosophical feedback from the main trendy philosophers of the period—Adorno, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein. regardless of their divergent orientations, each one contested the ego's skill to symbolize psychological states via notice and image to an agent surveying its personal realization. by means of discarding the subject-object divide as a version of the brain, they dethroned Freud's depiction of the ego as an arrogance of a deceptive self-consciousness and a defective metaphysics. Freud's inquisitors, whereas using divergent arguments, stumbled on unacknowledged consensus in deciding upon the middle philosophical demanding situations of defining business enterprise and describing subjectivity. In Requiem, Tauber uniquely synthesizes those philosophical assaults opposed to psychoanalysis and, extra normally, offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of the foremost advancements in mid-20th century philosophy that ready the conceptual grounding for postmodernism.
"Requiem for the Ego, is a outstanding piece of labor. it truly is exhaustive scholarship of the 1st order, and obviously written on a topic approximately which it's very tricky to be transparent. i've got doubtless it will likely be of huge use to an excellent many people."
—Marcia Cavell, Institute for Psychoanalytic education and Research
"This is a crucial e-book within the philosophy of technology, however it is usually an immense critique of the background of twentieth century philosophy and its dating to psychology. The blurred traces are right here clarified and the denial at the a part of philosophy that it was once and is in a discussion with psychology is laid to leisure for as soon as and for all."
—Sander Gilman, Emory collage
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These “talks” are recorded and transcribed (as in Talking, Tuning, and What It Means to be Avant-Garde), devoid of punctuation and capitalization. Blank spaces between fragments (where Antin has paused for breath) are the only structural form that the poetry offers. Such a poetic practice is intended to relocate poetry in its oral dimensions and focus attention on its creation as a linguistic event that has meaning in its utterance, while also foregrounding the notion of “place” as a significant factor in the creative process.
Qxd 1/19/07 9:34 AM Page xxxi INTRODUCTION • xxxi DEFINING POSTMODERNISM It should be noted that the title of this book refers to “postmodernist literature and theater,” a description that, while problematic, nevertheless suggests that there are particular cultural and aesthetic features that can be associated with such a type of writing. The title does not refer to “postmodern literature,” an important distinction because the latter term might refer either to a type of writing that embodied postmodern ideas, without it needing to display any textual strategies associated with a postmodernist aesthetic (and which could therefore be realist in form), or to literature of the postmodern world as a periodizing concept, irrespective of whether that writing engaged with postmodernist aesthetics, postmodern ideas, or even postmodernity itself.
Surface and spectacle determine cultural production with the effect that experience and consciousness are determined by access to images and information rather than through, for example, personal relationships or selfreflection. The individual becomes a part of the flows of image, information, and commodities and is, in the process, turned into a spectacle of the self, a commodity, or a piece of information. qxd xxxviii • 1/19/07 9:34 AM Page xxxviii INTRODUCTION Although these are dominant forms of postmodernity for many theorists, there are also further aspects that are influential.
Requiem for the Ego: Freud and the Origins of Postmodernism by Alfred I. Tauber