By Nidesh Lawtoo
The Phantom of the Ego is the 1st comparative examine that indicates how the modernist account of the subconscious anticipates modern discoveries in regards to the value of mimesis within the formation of subjectivity. instead of starting with Sigmund Freud because the father of modernism, Nidesh Lawtoo begins with Friedrich Nietzsche’s antimetaphysical diagnostic of the ego, his cognizance that mimetic reflexes—from sympathy to hypnosis, to contagion, to crowd behavior—move the soul, and his insistence that psychology informs philosophical mirrored image. via a transdisciplinary, comparative analyzing of landmark modernist authors like Nietzsche, Joseph Conrad, D. H. Lawrence, and Georges Bataille, Lawtoo exhibits that, prior to being a well timed empirical discovery, the “mimetic subconscious” emerged from an premature present in literary and philosophical modernism. This booklet strains the mental, moral, political, and cultural implications of the belief that the trendy ego is born out of the spirit of imitation; it truly is therefore, strictly talking, now not an ego, yet what Nietzsche calls, “a phantom of the ego.” The Phantom of the Ego opens up a Nietzschean again door to the subconscious that has mimesis instead of desires as its via regia, and argues that the modernist account of the “mimetic subconscious” makes our figuring out of the psyche new.
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