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Why Theory brings continental philosophy and psychoanalytic theory together to examine cultural phenomena.

Why Theor‪y‬ Todd McGowan & Ryan Engley

    • TV & Film
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Why Theory brings continental philosophy and psychoanalytic theory together to examine cultural phenomena.

    Hegel's Reason

    Hegel's Reason

    This episode is the fourth in a series of episodes that Ryan and Todd are devoting to Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. Here, we go through what Hegel understands by the term "reason" and how it develops in this major section of the book.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Feminism & Psychoanalysis with Mari Ruti

    Feminism & Psychoanalysis with Mari Ruti

    In this episode, Ryan and Todd are joined by guest cohost Mari Ruti to discuss the relationship between feminism and psychoanalysis. Delving into the problems of desire and power, they question how psychoanalysis might contribute to the feminist project.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Screen Memories

    Screen Memories

    In this episode, Ryan and Todd analyze the theoretical riches of Freud's early text on "Screen Memories." They relate this work to the relationship between fantasy and truth, as well as considering its relevance for contemporary politics.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Civilization and Its Discontents

    Civilization and Its Discontents

    In this episode, Ryan and Todd go through Freud's rich late text Civilization and Its Discontents. They discuss the oceanic feeling, Freud's critique of religion, the relationship between death drive and aggression, and other subjects that Freud engages.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Jouissance

    Jouissance

    In this episode, Ryan and Todd chronicle the varied evolution of the concept of jouissance in the thought of Jacques Lacan and offer their idea of the best formulation of this concept. They touch on the key moments, from the association of jouissance with transgression in Seminar VII to the identification of jouissance with the failure of the sexual relationship in Seminar XX.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Lacan's Seminar 2

    Lacan's Seminar 2

    In their continuing series on Jacques Lacan's seminars, Ryan and Todd devote this episode to Seminar 2, which focuses on the relationship between the imaginary and symbolic registers. They discuss Lacan's early conception of death drive, his reading of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Purloined Letter," and the game of odds and evens, as well as other aspects of the seminar.

    • 1 hr 33 min

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