Psychoanalysis & Culture
Brown, Norman O.
- Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytic Meaning of History (Complete Book)
- Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytic Meaning of History (Book Excerpts)
Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytic Meaning of History
Who created the symbolic order? What is the source of the “power” of society? Freud observed that the mythological conception of the universe is fundamentally psychology projected into the external world. Brown suggests that not just mythology, but the entirety of culture is a projection. In the words of Stephen Spender: “The world which we create—the world of slums and telegrams and newspapers—is a kind of language of our inner wishes and thoughts.”
Hermits and Healers: Contemporary Approaches to a Classic Spiritual Dichotomy
Given at the international conference, “Religion in a Secular Society: Challenges and Perspectives,” June 19-20, 2017, Constanta, Romania.
Pilgrim‐Tourists: Tourism and the Spiritual Experience
This paper examines the role of those who participate in the exchange facilitated by spiritual tourism, as well as the object of their exchange: the spiritual experience itself.
The Psychoanalysis of War
War is a spectacular establishment of a general human situation whereby death assumes absolute value: the ideas for which we die have a right to truth, because death becomes a demonstrative process.
The Psychoanalysis of War
The spirit of sacrifice is intimately related to an ideology in the name of which one may sacrifice oneself. What is this “absolute and unconditional something” that would somehow justify the “establishment of a masochistic-sacrificial position?” The masochistic-sacrificial position (e.g., the role of a soldier) is idealized—becoming a kind of “supervalue”—because it is put into the service of “that absolute and unconditional something.”
- The Mechanism of Paranoia (Book Excerpt)
Koenigsberg, Richard A.
“Uploading”: The Human Creation of Culture
What does the development of the Internet tell us about the nature of culture—the symbolic order? Thinking about it, we realize that each and every element of culture was “uploaded” at one point or another by a human being. Reality is a human creation. A discourse that becomes an element of culture is an idea that resonates with large number of people: that goes viral, and remains viral, spreading and taking hold of human beings within a given society.”
- Freud and Little Richard: Psychoanalysis, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and the Liberation of the American Body (Book Proposal)
Ideology and Fantasy: Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Culture
Paper for Richard A. Koenigsberg’s Masterclass with the Zizekian Institute for Research, Inquiry and Pedagogy (Nov. 8, 2017)
Ideology, Metaphor and Unconscious Fantasy
Ideologies contain and articulate psychological meanings. How is it possible to decipher the latent content of ideological texts? My method, analyzing metaphor, consists of identifying recurring images and figures of speech in the writings and speeches of individuals who have been significant in defining and promulgating an ideology. Through this method, I reveal the fantasies that the ideology seeks to express.
- Killing and Dying for the Sacred Object: Commentary on R.D. Hinshelwood (Paper)
Psychoanalytic Interpretation of War
Richard Koenigsberg, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
The Psychological Interpretation of Culture and History - Chapter III: The psychoanalytic meaning of history (Norman O. Brown)
Unlike theorists who view culture or the symbolic order as a thing unto itself—separate from human beings—Peter Berger recognizes that the social order is an “ongoing human production” that exists only as a “product of human activity.” The symbolic order confronts us as an “objective facticity,” external to us—persistent in its reality whether we like it or not.
The Psychosomatic Meaning of Nationalism
Nationalism was the essence of Nazism. Nazism was profound nationalism–nationalism carried to the nth power. Hitler explained, “You are nothing, your nation is everything.” Totalitarianism meant that the German nation was to encompass everyone and everything. And each individual German would come to encompass everyone and everything—to the extent that he abandoned his individual identity and became “at one” with the nation.
Why do Ideologies Exist: The Psychological Function of Culture
According to Hitler’s fantasy, each German individual constituted a cell forming a gigantic “national organism.” The force of disintegration within Germany was working to cause the cellular structure of the nation to fall apart. Hitler acted to persuade the German people to come together in order to constitute a unified, cohesive body. If the people could “hold together like a single block of steel,” then the national body would not succumb to the force of destruction.
- Symbiosis and Separation: Towards a Psychology of Culture (Book Excerpts)
- Žižek, Norman O. Brown, and the Psychology of Culture (Paper)
Stein, Howard F.
- Autistic Barriers in Neurotic Patients (Book Excerpt)
Edited by Slavoj Žižek
- The Matrix, or, The Two Sides of Perversion (Paper)
- The Sublime Object of Ideology (Complete Book)
- Žižek, Slavoj | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Article)