Pain, Memory, and Commemoration

Only a week ago, in Berlin, Germany, the memory of those devastated by the gruesome and calculated extermination carried out by the Germany of National-Socialism has been commemorated. As in every international Holocaust remembrance day, I come to ponder the memory we are commemorating. For most of us have not witnessed, nor survived, nor fought against,… Continue reading Pain, Memory, and Commemoration

The Significance of the Phallus

What do we know of Oedipus? We know he was a tragic hero in Greek mythology. We know he unavoidably fulfilled a prophecy that brought him to kill his father and marry his mother, eventually bringing destruction to his city and family. We also know that Freud used the myth of Oedipus to convey some… Continue reading The Significance of the Phallus

The Lacanian Real

One of Lacan's most intriguing conceptualisations is that of the "Real". Distinct from the "symbolic" and "imaginary" registers, the Real has been accompanying Lacan's teaching from the  very beginning - gaining centre stage in the later years of his seminars. But what is the Real? First of all, let us acknowledge that it is not… Continue reading The Lacanian Real

October Lecture Series in Stillpoint Spaces, Berlin

Dear readers, I am happy to invite you to a lecture series I will be conducting at Stillpoint Spaces, Berlin, this October. The series revolves the conception of the subject in Freud's and Lacan's work. The lectures will take place every Tuesday, starting at 19:00, at Hobrechtstrasse 66, 12047 Berlin. You are all very much invited.… Continue reading October Lecture Series in Stillpoint Spaces, Berlin

Hypochondria

Do you also have an elderly uncle which, at family gatherings, keeps on telling you "I feel I'm withering away, you'll see, a couple more month and its cancer for me!". Or maybe its your grandfather, which keeps a blood pressure monitor next to his bed, checking his stats three times a day, never forgetting… Continue reading Hypochondria

Demand (minus – ) Need (equals = ) Desire

 Babies and cats are spoiled and selfish creatures. That is why, whenever I am faced with my cat's selfish narcissistic tendencies, I ask myself - "can these creatures even have the capacity to love?" Faced with this predicament, while taking into account that babies and cats are also quite silly creatures, I find myself truly doubting… Continue reading Demand (minus – ) Need (equals = ) Desire

“Life After Trump”: Imaginary and Symbolic Identification in the U.S.A

We are witnessing the populist decline of our democracies. As Angela Merkel put it quite bluntly, we have entered a “post-factual” age, where the anonymous votes of the masses are conducted by collective convergences of affective identification. Enlightenment and scientific scrutiny have become dull, the numbers useless beyond garnishing straightforward rewarding messages (“We’re great!”). Nevertheless,… Continue reading “Life After Trump”: Imaginary and Symbolic Identification in the U.S.A

“There is no sexual relationship”

Wherever we look around us - especially while in a morose and misanthropic mood - we see "relationships". Now, strictly philosophically speaking, a "relationship" is a concept designating an element which mediates between two things.  Accordingly, we can propose, for example, that there is a "relation of proximity" between me and my cat right at this moment, or a "relation… Continue reading “There is no sexual relationship”