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By Slavoj Žižek, Alenka Zupancic, Sina K. Najafi, Mladen Dolar, Alain Grosrichard, Miran Bozovic, Renata Salecl, Marc De Kessel, Robert Pfaller

The Cartesian cogito—the precept articulated through Descartes that "I imagine, hence I am"—is frequently hailed because the precursor of recent technology. while, the cogito’s agent, the ego, is usually feared because the service provider of manipulative domination chargeable for all current woes, from patriarchal oppression to ecological catastrophes. with no psychoanalyzing philosophy, Cogito and the Unconscious explores the vicissitudes of the cogito and exhibits that psychoanalyses can render noticeable a constitutive insanity inside smooth philosophy, the purpose at which "I imagine, hence I am" turns into obsessional neurosis characterised by way of "If I cease pondering, i'm going to stop to exist."
Noting that for Lacan the Cartesian build is equal to the Freudian "subject of the unconscious," the individuals stick to Lacan’s plea for a psychoanalytic go back to the cogito. alongside the trail of this go back, they study the moral angle that befits sleek subjectivity, the inherent sexualization of contemporary subjectivity, the deadlock during which the Cartesian venture turns into concerned given the enigmatic prestige of the human physique, and the Cartesian subject’s disagreement with its smooth critics, together with Althusser, Bataille, and Dennett. In a method that has get to grips to Zizek’s readers, those essays assemble a strict conceptual research and an method of quite a lot of cultural and ideological phenomena—from the sadist paradoxes of Kant’s ethical philosophy to the universe of Ayn Rand’s novels, from the query "Which, if any, is the intercourse of the cogito?" to the protection of the cogito opposed to the onslaught of cognitive sciences.
Challenging us to reassess primary notions of human realization and smooth subjectivity, it is a ebook whose very Lacanian orthodoxy makes it irreverently transgressive of foremost theoretical paradigms. Cogito and the Unconscious will entice readers attracted to philosophy, psychoanalysis, cultural stories, and theories of ideology.

Contributors. Miran Bozovic, Mladen Dolar, Alain Grosrichard, Marc de Kessel, Robert Pfaller, Renata Salecl, Slavoj Zizek, Alenka Zupancic

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12 Kant de­ ceives his readers by disguising the true stakes and the true impact of the (ethical) choice. In his example, he puts the categorical imperative (our duty) on the same side as the good (the well-being) of our fellowman: the reader will follow Kant without much hesitation when he says that in this case the idea of accepting one's own death is, at least, possible. And the problem resides in the fact that the reader does not follow Kant because s/he is convinced of the inexorability of duty as such, but be­ cause of the image of the pain inflicted on the other that plays here the role of the counterpoint.

There is a huge problem that has been pointed out a number of times since Freud's discovery of psychoanalysis and that Freud himself endeavored to solve in various ways. One could say that the discovery of psychoanalysis seems to involve two different steps, and it is not easy to see how they fit together. On the one hand, there were the analyses of dreams, of slips of the tongue (parapraxes), and of jokes, which formed the substance of Freud's three separate volumes published between 1900 and 1905.

If I am to assume an "I," I cannot choose thought, which pertains to the unconscious, so that I am forced to choose being, thereby giving up thought. The fundamental choice of the subject is the choice of being without thought. Je ne pense pas, je $ui$—l don't think, therefore I am—this is the new version of cogito; furthermore, I don't think in order to be— je ne pense pas pour etre. In order to be, I have to exclude a knowledge that I don't want to know anything about. The ex­ cluded thought emerges in the unconscious, so that cogito, as the choice of being, coincides with the exclusion of thought as unconscious, of the unconscious as thought.

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