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The Whole World And More: The Meaning Of The Monadic Psyche And Its Fate

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The problem of explaining the subsequent division and differentiation of the monadic psyche-its 'breaking up', as Castoriadis terms it-is therefore the problem of the emergence of reality-testing, or of a reality principle. Castoriadis links the concept of the domination of representational pleasure over organ pleasure with a postulated omnipotence of the monad's representational activity which he deduces from the supposed omnipotence of Unconscious thought. The lost object of the psyche is the psyche itself. The psyche cannot create a 'simple unity' or an 'immediate identity'. The indeterminacy of the world of the Unconscious psyche may be incomparably greater than any indeterminacy we are able to encounter or conceptualise, but it is not and cannot be a complete indeterminacy. The psyche emerges as creation and self-formation. Its originary aims are twofold, and stem from its nature as creating and self-creating. The psyche wishes to create, to figure, to make presentations/representations.

Keywords: Castoriadis; lost object; monadic psyche; self-formation

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