Download PDF by Cecilia Sjöholm: The Antigone Complex: Ethics and the Invention of Feminine

By Cecilia Sjöholm

What if psychoanalysis had selected Antigone instead of Oedipus? This ebook strains the relation among ethics and hope in vital philosophical texts that target femininity and use Antigone as their version. It exhibits that the idea of female hope is conditioned via a view of girls as being vulnerable to excesses and deficiencies when it comes to moral norms and ideas. Sjöholm explains Mary Wollstonecraft's paintings, in addition to readings of Antigone via G.W.F. Hegel, Martin Heidegger, Luce Irigaray, Jacques Lacan, and Judith Butler.

This booklet introduces the idea that of the "Antigone complex" so that it will remove darkness from the imprecise and multifaceted query of female wish, which has given upward push to the fascination of generations of philosophers and different theoreticians, in addition to readers and spectators. even as the booklet argues for a idea of wish that's intrinsically regarding ethics. the moral query posed via Antigone, and explored within the e-book, is: what determines these activities that one needs to do, in preference to those who one should do?

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The dependent individual, however, is incapable of separating pleasure from the core of his being: he lives in the realm of sensibility—the crippling need for constant satisfaction. The result is an alienated individual incapable of giving up an inflated search for meaningless pleasures. 56 Her notion of passion has more to do with strong desires than with what are commonly called feelings. ”57 It is no moral designator in itself, but it can help the moral project. Sensibility, however, does the opposite.

Adorno and Horkheimer read these women as a source of pleasure contained within the parameters of capitalism. But if we look at their experiences, most of them represent nothing but the enjoyment of suffering, which has very little to do with pleasure in the traditional sense of the word. Through the excess of their submission, and the enjoyment taken in their own suffering, Sade’s women manifest a perverted exploitation of their position, which is precisely what makes them so worrying. They are not just unwilling and powerless victims or dominated objects, but they contribute more than willingly to their own humiliation.

The marriage she desired, however, leads to a series of catastrophes. Her husband becomes an intolerable, greedy drunk. She is secretly sold to a friend by her husband, like a prostitute. She discovers the affair, but she is bound by her principles and has to remain in the marriage. Her only chance of escape is to get financial help from a friend. But her husband discovers the arrangement and takes her to court. From there, she is thrown into prison, which in Wollstonecraft’s times served to keep undesirables off the streets, whatever their circumstances—she is wronged, again, violated by a systematic order of injustice.

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