Generational Loss

  • Spencer GolubEmail author
Part of the Performance Philosophy book series (PPH)


This chapter deals with personal, interpersonal, and familial dis/continuity, with how the autobiographical “hinge” (as Wittgenstein called it) can be broken. Obsessive-compulsive disorder presents here as a Wittgensteinian family resemblance of psychophysical stuttering and (like-minded cancerous) metastasizing form. The unhinging of belief in grounded definition(s) renders origin not so much false as merely isomorphic, with contested relationship. Anxiety is, in the sense of forms or creates, a pseudo-hinge. Hypnagogia and “paraphase” (Joseph McCarthy’s term) come between the self and the scenes it dreams (up) for itself not only in but also beside time. Leibniz’s principle of “sufficient reason” argues the possibility of being “otherwise” alongside Moore’s paradoxical construction of how the appearance of being otherwise is explicable by means of a shifting subject.


Dis/continuity Family resemblance Wittgenstein Hinge Obsessive-compulsive disorder Cancer Metastasizing Stuttering Anxiety Hypnagogia Paraphase Joseph McCarthy Leibniz G.E. Moore 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Theatre Arts and Performance StudiesBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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