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Philosophy Today

Volume 61, Issue 4, Fall 2017

Simon Morgan Wortham
Pages 863-876
DOI: 10.5840/philtoday20171215185

Antinomies of the Super-Ego
Étienne Balibar and the Question of the Psycho-Political

This essay explores Étienne Balibar’s treatment of the conceptual development of a notion of the super-ego in Freud as crucial to Balibar’s own thinking of the connection between politics and psychoanalysis. Via Balibar’s writing, however, it traces the antinomic forces at work in the question of a psychoanalytic supplement of politics, in the process examining not only the psychic conditions of the "political" but also the "politics" of different forms of psychological discourse and debate.

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