The cadence of becoming

Hourigan, Daniel ORCID: (2010) The cadence of becoming. In: UNSW Postgraduate Symposium (EMPA 2010): Metamorphoses: Transformations, Transgressions, 10 Sep 2010, Sydney, Australia.

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Whether we discuss philosophy, psychoanalysis, or other literatures, today there is an urgent need to confront and traverse the contingency that belies the persistence of the speaking-subject. An all too ordinary analysis would suggest that symptoms manifest in response to a Cause that annihilates all other valuations. But what has been shown here today is that we cannot conclude in nihilism because, structurally speaking, it is contingency that is revealed by nihilistic clearing, and this contingency juxtaposes the persistence of the subject to the abyss of Ground: this persistence is untimely, it is past and future, it is a symptom laden with jouissance. Contingency, in this way, enables metamorphoses through transformations or transgressions by delimiting the conditions of possibility. In Palahniuk's romantic minimalism this is the fragility of the logos of community, and in Gibson's cyberpunk you can really die in cyberspace. Both of these examples offer a way to understand the possibility for transformation and transgression through recognising the formal incompleteness of the existence of the speaking-subject in their change, transformation, and transgression - their contingent Becoming.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies (Up to 31 Mar 2011)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies (Up to 31 Mar 2011)
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2014 01:52
Last Modified: 12 May 2021 11:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: contingency; symptom; cyberpunk; literary minimalism; American literature; philosophy; Slavoj Zizek; Quentin Meillassoux; Schelling
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220314 Philosophy of Mind (excl. Cognition)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology > 520406 Sensory processes, perception and performance
50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5003 Philosophy > 500315 Philosophy of mind (excl. cognition)
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470514 Literary theory
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
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