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By Mladen Dolar

ISBN-10: 0262260603

ISBN-13: 9780262260602

Plutarch tells the tale of a guy who plucked a nightingale and discovering yet little to consume exclaimed: "You are only a voice and not anything more." Plucking the feathers of which means that conceal the voice, dismantling the physique from which the voice turns out to emanate, resisting the Sirens' music of fascination with the voice, targeting "the voice and not anything more": this can be the tricky activity that thinker Mladen Dolar relentlessly pursues during this seminal work.The voice didn't determine as a massive philosophical subject till the Nineteen Sixties, while Derrida and Lacan individually proposed it as a critical theoretical drawback. In A Voice and not anything extra Dolar is going past Derrida's thought of "phonocentrism" and revives and develops Lacan's declare that the voice is among the paramount embodiments of the psychoanalytic item (objet a). Dolar proposes that, except the 2 in most cases understood makes use of of the voice as a motor vehicle of which means and as a resource of aesthetic admiration, there's a 3rd point of realizing: the voice as an item that may be visible because the lever of notion. He investigates the article voice on a couple of varied levels--the linguistics of the voice, the metaphysics of the voice, the ethics of the voice (with the voice of conscience), the paradoxical relation among the voice and the physique, the politics of the voice--and he scrutinizes the makes use of of the voice in Freud and Kafka. With this foundational paintings, Dolar offers us a philosophically grounded idea of the voice as a Lacanian object-cause.

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This failure has its origins in the structure of the subject’s psyche and the way that the subject finds satisfaction. The psyche satisfies itself through the failure to realize its desire, and capitalism allows the subject to perpetuate this failure, all the while believing in the idea that it pursues success. The link between capitalism and the psyche provides the key to understanding the appeal of capitalism. It is a system that enables us to envision the possibility of a satisfaction that is structurally unattainable for us while, at the same time, it allows the real traumatic source of our satisfaction to remain unconscious.

Once the idea of a satisfying repetition takes hold, however, this image of psychoanalysis ceases to be tenable. There is no clear political gain from lifting the repression associated with repetition. All that psychoanalysis can do—the extent of its intervention—is to assist the patient in recognizing its mode of repeating and the satisfaction that this repetition provides. The dream of freeing patients from dissatisfaction dies with the discovery that patients resist the psychoanalytic cure precisely because they already have the satisfaction that psychoanalysis promises them.

We perceive through and as a result of the distortion. Grasping the effects of this distortion looms as a key problem in modern thought, and it also offers an initial key to understanding capitalism’s appeal to us as subjects of the signifier. Because the subject confronts divided objects, it can never obtain an object that would enable it to realize its desire. No object is whole or fulfilling for the subject. Though it can’t make objects whole, capitalism transforms the image of objects. As commodities, objects appear whole and present opportunities for the subject to achieve fulfillment.

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