What does the word subject designate? A name inevitably involves choosing between one statement of reality and another. In identifying with it we allude ourselves that we are subtracting it from the mutability of time. What is that fixed, atemporal image of ourselves that we call I? What is its semantic value and how can we come to know it? Again, who am I referring to…
An inexplicable and surprising happiness
Surely the exceptional nature of consciousness has never been more effectively evoked than in Proust’s recollections of madeleines. The echo of a far-off sensation generates in Marcel a stunning sensorial kaleidoscope. Fragments of experience, relegated to the archives of his memory, are brought back to life. Mnemosyne does not merely rescue Marcel from a sense of guilt, from anxieties and the contingency of the present. The ecstatic recollection provides a…
A constantly changing chimera
More than a century ago psychoanalysis set neurology and psychiatry an unprecedented challenge by revealing that the effects of the unconscious are more potent than those of consciousness, and that unconscious drives are constantly trying to surface in conscious life.
The uneasy bond with things
As a rule we do not give any thought to how objects appear to our consciousness. Nor to how conscious acts appear to our reflection. Objects never emerge from their silence.
O tempo que vivemos
Um silêncio paradoxal e enigmático envolve a história. Um tempo acidental, de utopias invertidas, emoldura uma experiência suspensa, sem direção, que se despediu definitivamente do passado. O progresso fixou o fio do tempo ao redor de um eterno presente: um presente cada vez mais irrepresentável. As respostas ao problema da temporalidade não resolveram o enigma: apenas permitiram ao homem historicizar o próprio tempo biológico. Mas o…