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Despre sens în nebunie
About meaning in madness

Author(s): Cristian Bodea
Subject(s): Health and medicine and law
Published by: Editura Academiei Române
Keywords: non symbolic phenomenology; Lacanian psychoanalysis; meaning; meaning in the making; feral essences (Wesen sauvages); transcendental illusion;

Summary/Abstract: Our research paper is grounded on the possibility of two questions that can be raised regarding madness. One is the question if madness has a meaning and the other one is the question if there is a meaning in madness. Apparently two questions that are the same, these are the ones that will give us the possibility to approach madness from two complementary perspectives. The phenomenological perspective, since it takes madness as a phenomenon, will raise a question regarding the meaning of madness, of course. Instead, the psychoanalytical one, being less preoccupied with the phenomenon as such and more with what happens inside the phenomenon, will search for a meaning in madness. However, both of them will take into account our own personal approach, which is that of the non symbolic phenomenology, an approach which imposes a particular understanding of meaning. The particularity that is given to the meaning in the context of Marc Richir’s non symbolic phenomenology, the one of being sens se faisant, meaning in the making, will allow us... a meaningful discourse... about meaning in madness, given the fact that in such an exceptional condition of the human being we will not find a lack of meaning, but too much presence of it. Thus, the meaning of madness becomes to realize the meaning as such whatever is the place of meaning. It can be outside madness (in a phenomenological approach), or it can be inside madness (in an psychoanalytical approach). Whatever it’s place, meaning becomes the same, and problematic in the same way for every human being, exceptional or not.

  • Issue Year: XVI/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 203-210
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Romanian