On Becoming a Subject
Iulia Minulescu offers a critique of psychoanalysis through examining how the concept of subjectification has evolved. Minulescu explores subjectification through the prism of philosophical and psychoanalytical discourse, using the theories of Foucault and of Freud and Lacan, respectively. She shows that the language used in Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis to explain the genesis of the subject cannot claim universality. Despite intricate attempts to portray unique human subjectivity as enduring through time and space, psychoanalysis’ account of what it is to be a subject is historically determined and encompasses only a fraction of the modes of subjectification open to the subject.
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