The Eternal Jouissance of the Community: Phantasm, Imagination, and 'Natural Man' in Hobbes Faulkner, Joanne en_US 2021-11-25T13:42:07Z 2021-11-25T13:42:07Z 2009 en_US
dc.description.abstract The paper considers the part of Thomas Hobbes's 'natural man' in the construction of a culturally shared fantasy regarding pre-social humanity (conceived of as outside obligation), and the marginalization of 'excluded' citizens who are seen in various ways to approximate that fantasy. While Hobbes did not valorize his hypothetical 'natural man,' I argue that his particularly dark elaboration of it lent an ambivalence to this ideal, which thereby enables it to function as a fantasy. With the aid of psychoanalytic theory, the paper explores the relation of Hobbes's psychology of perception to his political philosophy; with particular attention to the resonances between Hobbes's account of the imagination and emotion, and the psychoanalytic notion of fantasy. The fantasy of the pre-contract natural man is then drawn upon to illustrate some concrete social relations which marginalize certain kinds of subject, understood as both 'innocent' and a threat to the community. en_US
dc.language English
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dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other Political community en_US
dc.subject.other Psychoanalysis en_US
dc.subject.other Hobbes en_US
dc.title The Eternal Jouissance of the Community: Phantasm, Imagination, and 'Natural Man' in Hobbes en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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unsw.description.publisherStatement Copyright © 2009 Joanne Faulkner and The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in Theory and Event, Volume 12, Issue 3, 2009. Reprinted with permission by The Johns Hopkins University Press. en_US
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unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
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unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Faulkner, Joanne, History & Philosophy, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US School of Humanities & Languages *
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