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    The flesh, which is not one: meditations on multiplicity and its populist arrest

    Palacios, Margarita and Plot, M. (2020) The flesh, which is not one: meditations on multiplicity and its populist arrest. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society 25 , pp. 36-54. ISSN 1088-0763.

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    By tracing the political resonances of the concept of the ‘real’ in its different theorizations -particularly in relation to singularity and border, and its opposite, multiplicity and entanglement- in this paper we highlight the existing relation between epistemological frameworks and political imaginaries or regimes/horizons. In order to do undertake this task, we offer a critical conceptual triangulation between Chantal Mouffe’s account of the current ‘populist moment’, and the theorization of the real in the work of Jacques Lacan and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. By mobilizing a dialogue between psychoanalysis and (post)phenomenological thinking, we suggest that if the real is not conceptualized as an ontological negativity that the empty signifier needs to tame, but as an aesthetic, embedded and embodied experience of multiplicity, we can think beyond the logics of antagonistic antagonism and instead embrace the ethos of fleshy relationality that informs our co-dependence, precariety and vulnerability.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
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    Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2019 14:56
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:52


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