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Severality: Beyond the Compression of the Cogito

Neill, Calum



Derek Hook


This paper explores a Lacanian approach towards inter-subjectivity and a consideration of how such an approach might impact constructively on social psychology. Drawing largely on the work of Bracha Ettinger, the paper will consider questions of alterity and the possibility of an alternative approach to thinking relations with others and will seek to elaborate a new vocabulary for such a thinking through Ettinger's use of such border concepts as trans-subjectivity and wit(h)nessing. Through the foregoing, the paper will seek to critically reconsider the place of the social in social psychology and the possibility of thinking the social in a manner not reducible to separateness and self-identity.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jul 30, 2008
Publication Date 2008-09
Deposit Date Jan 17, 2012
Print ISSN 1755-6341
Electronic ISSN 1755-635X
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 1
Pages 325-339
Keywords inter-subjectivity; Lacan; alterity; Bracha Ettinger; trans-subjectivity; wit(h)nessing; matrixial; slef; social;
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