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Foundations of the everyday : shock, deferral, repetition by Eran Dorfman

By Eran Dorfman

We are used to seeing the standard as a standard point of lifestyles, anything that we have to "overcome"; while it truly performs a very important position in any occasion of our lives. This hugely unique booklet engages with a variety of thinkers and texts from around the fields of phenomenology, psychoanalysis and significant thought, together with Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Freud and Benjamin, including cutting edge research of French literature and the visible arts, to illustrate that the position of repetition and deferral in modernity has replaced dramatically. instead of permitting the standard progressively to combine singular occasions into its repetitive texture, occasions are skilled now as self-enclosed entities, allegedly disconnected from the typical, resulting in its impoverishment. The e-book hence bargains a singular knowing of being, physique, trauma and surprise, yet in the framework of the typical as an idea that merits a thought of its very own.

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Foundations of the everyday : shock, deferral, repetition

We're used to seeing the standard as a typical element of existence, whatever that we have to "overcome"; while it really performs a very important position in any occasion of our lives. This hugely unique ebook engages with a number thinkers and texts from around the fields of phenomenology, psychoanalysis and demanding concept, together with Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Freud and Benjamin, including cutting edge research of French literature and the visible arts, to illustrate that the position of repetition and deferral in modernity has replaced dramatically.

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44. To a large extent, this is the critique which Michel de Certeau has directed at Foucault and (implicitly) Baudrillard, claiming that both focus on how certain objects (Baudrillard) or dispositions (Foucault) are imposed, while ignoring the subjective and subversive play on them. See Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, 43–49. 45. Gilles Deleuze, Difference and Repetition, trans. Paul Patton (New York: Columbia University Press, 1994). Chapter One Figures of Suspension Husserl and Heidegger on the Everyday You enter a dark space, with a large screen at the back, showing snowcovered mountains.

Phenomenology is always in a state of preparation for the “real thing”, which explains why Husserl wrote so many “introductions to phenomenology”, each time from a different perspective. This eternal repetition, which is nonetheless not identical to itself, does not stem from an accidental lack of accuracy, but rather defines phenomenology’s essential character. To use Husserl’s words, the phenomenologist is a “perpetual beginner”. 27 Phenomenology’s inability to fully exploit its position regarding the everyday is, I argue, not its weakness, but rather precisely its main point of interest.

However, the everyday body tends to be objectified, such that, again, the movement of foundation becomes deficient. To illustrate this concept, I analyse the case of amputated patients who suffer from a phantom limb, and I follow Merleau-Ponty’s interpretation of this as a repression of loss which leads to an imprisonment in rigid objective representations. I then generalise this case by comparing it to Heidegger’s descriptions of the Falling, and claim that the inability of the amputated persons to assume their situation is equivalent to the (modern) everyday inability to acknowledge the finitude and lack that are inherent to the body as such.

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