October 9, 2014 at 1:58 am (Aesthetics, Death, Democratic Community, Dylan Thomas, Existentialism, freedom, philosophy, Poetry, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Welsh Development)
Tags: Democratic Community, Holderlin, philosophy, Plaid Cymru, poetry, temporality
This poem concerns, among other things, such as the ebb and flow of popular resistance, Dylan Thomas as a Welsh poet who lived a life devoted to the truth of the unique Welsh experience and its people.
the second wave
The wave floods
The flood recedes
The tide returns
seethe in anger
the poet is silenced
they will run him from his home
To read the rest of the poem, please visit Dylan Thomas in Exile
September 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm (philosophy, Death, Creativity, Sartre, deconstruction, Being and Time, Lacan)
Tags: Andrew Stein, Badiou, Freud, Jung, mysticism, psychoanalysis, Reich, religion
Part 2: Conversation on Andrew Stein’s ‘Of the Difference between Freud-Lacan and Jung’
The goal then to overcome or heal an original break between subject and object, “I” and “Thou”, partial objects and an identification with a imago of the whole mother etc is the opposite of the goal set forth in psychoanalysis. It is a complete reverse (inversion) of the Freudian and Lacanian attitude (towards intersubjectivity and the cure). There the focus is neither on an original wholeness that has been lost (via alienation) or that is achieved in the first years via the integration of the child’s partial objects but on an original and impossible lack right from the beginning when the subject emerges via language in the (field of) the Other’s desire. Psychoanalysis as Freud and Lacan conceived it is not a return to an original or ideal Mitsein or a Tikkun. Rather, the subject of the unconscious has to separate itself and its own desire from the desire of the Other which at first defines its limits and subjugates it, because a subject is born in language and because it depends on the desires of a (mostly unknowable) Other.
Thus, Jung who views the aim of analysis not as being ‘separation’ but what he call ‘individuation’ (which is not individuation at all but the integration of the unconscious archetypes, a union of sexual (anima and animus) opposites), is in a long tradition that reduces the gap (of difference and desire) which psychoanalysis opens to either an original philosophic or religious ‘intersubjectivity’. This is a ‘secret’ knot binding such apparently dissimilar psychologies as Jung’s and Sartre’s to the same imaginary (ideal ego); for existential psychoanalysis, which will emerge at approximately the same moment as Jungian psychology, also postulates ‘the identity of the doctor-patient relation and an originary being-for-others, an originary Mit-sein, an originary intersubjectivity.’ (Warren Montag, ‘Althusser and His Contemporaries’, Philosophy’s Perpetual War, Duke University Press, 2013)
September 25, 2014
James Luchte: Is an identification with the imago of the mother not just the Oedipus Complex fulfilled?
Andrew Stein: No, the Oedipal complex is what allows a gap or space to open between an identification with the Mother; this gap is originally via a prohibition– a no, you must not desire this, etc. Psychosis happens when the Name of the Father (and the Oedipal complex) is foreclosed by the subject.
James Luchte: Sorry, that is what I meant by fulfilled – that the father is rejected and it is the mother which determines identification. Fulfilled in the sense that the desire for the mother is not prohibited.
September 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm (Aesthetics, China, Chinese New Left, Creativity, Democratic Communism, Democratic Community, Lacan, Marxism, philosophy, Poetry, Sustainability, Taoism, Time, Uncategorized)
Tags: Bataille, Democratic Community, Mao Tse Tung, Marx, Nietzsche, Robert Frost
OASIS and PATHWAY: A Grove in Shanghai
September 5, 2014 at 12:05 am (Aesthetics, Cameron, Coalition Government, Creativity, Cultural Sustainability, deconstruction, Democratic Community, Dylan Thomas, Europe, European Structural Funding, European Union, Green Politics, philosophy, Poetry, Sustainability, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Welsh Development)
Tags: Elin Jones, Greenprint for the Valleys, Greens, Jill Evans MEP, Leanne Wood, Menna Elfyn, Mike Parker, Plaid Cymru, The Green Agenda, The Green Party, The Party of Wales
Divided We Fall
Plaid Cymru and the Green Agenda
Why Greens should Vote for Plaid Cymru in the General Elections of 2015
Divided We Fall – Plaid Cymru and the Green Agenda
From ‘Agoriad’ (‘Opening’)
Mewn glesni, tesni’n lasgu,
cwmysg â’r glas sy’n llathru,
Croeso rhwng dwy ynys- hen gynghanedd
ger y moroedd garw- llaw tangnefedd.
In the blue calm, sunburst of radiance
– the green light that shines with charity
the welcome of two isles – old harmony
by the rough seas – a hand of tranquility.
There is a considerable array of serious decisions that will have to be made by the people in the upcoming UK General Elections of 2015.
By people, I mean the vast multitude of individual working citizens for whose interests and representation the Parliament in Westminster was originally established.
By decision, I do not mean some arbitrary choice, or some choosing of a product in a shop, but one that involves thought and deliberation – and only then a choice.
In the context of decision-making, it is never sufficient to simply remain within a boxed mentality or echo chamber, captivated by the habit of custom which merely accepts the status quo and its erratic, though familiar, surface narrative.
One must look beyond the surface of the headlines and investigate the root causes and truths which stand behind the powers that be. It is toward the facilitation of such an investigation that the following essay is written.
August 30, 2014 at 9:32 am (Cameron, Captivation, Coalition Government, Creativity, Cultural Sustainability, Death, deconstruction, Democratic Community, Europe, European Union, General Election 2015, Innovation, Open Rights, Sustainability, Uncategorized, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Welsh Development)
Tags: American Empire, American Hegemony, American Occupation of Europe, China, CND, European Federalism, Independent Europe, Militarism, NATO, NoToNato, Russia, Sovereignty, Stop the War Coalition, Ukraine
On 4-5 September, 60 world leaders, including Barack Obama, convened in Wales for the NATO Summit to plan their war on the world, the features of which being increased military spending and Operation Spearhead, a rapid attack force to be directed, in the first instance, at Russia.
Thousands of everyday concerned citizens from across Wales, the UK and the world met them to say No to Nato, an event organised by Stop the War Coalition and CND with the endorsement of over 100 organisations.
To read more about the Welsh protests against NATO, please visit No New Wars, No to NATO
August 6, 2014 at 4:17 pm (Aesthetics, Atheism, Bataille, Being and Time, Creativity, Death, deconstruction, Derrida, Europe, Foucault, freedom, Greece, Greek philosophy, Kant, philosophy, Poetry, Time)
Tags: ancient greek philosophy, dada, deconstruction, freedom, Kant, Nietzsche, poetry, The Unstitute, tragedy, Zarathustra
The Unstitute is proud to present the essay ‘The Wreckage of Stars: Nietzsche and the Ecstasy of Poetry’ by Dr James Luchte – available in English for the first time. It has been included in the permanent archive ‘[dis]Corporate Bodies’.
The essay artfully argues against the scholastic traditions of Western academia, the creation of the modern ‘theoretical man’ and the philosophical ‘spectator’, and explores the challenging alternatives presented in Nietzsche’s ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’.
July 28, 2014 at 3:33 am (Aesthetics, China, Chinese, Chinese New Left, Creativity, Democratic Community, freedom, Poetry, Taoism, Uncategorized)