Method in the Madness: Hysteria and the Will to Power

Gildersleeve, Matthew (2016) Method in the Madness: Hysteria and the Will to Power. Social Sciences, 5 (3):29. pp. 1-25.

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Abstract

At the very start of a chapter on hysteria in her book From Mastery to Analysis: Theories of Gender in Psychoanalytic Feminism, Patricia Elliot cites Nietzsche’s 'truths are illusions of which one has forgotten that they are illusions'. This paper follows this connection between hysteria and the work of Nietzsche. This paper will highlight how a Lacanian interpretation of hysteria can elucidate Heidegger’s reading of Nietzsche’s Will to Power and how this interpretation of the Will to Power can better explain the value and importance of hysteria for psychoanalysis and philosophy. I will show that the hysteric’s discourse has a 'higher value' than the master’s discourse because it meets Nietzsche’s definition of art, which aims at life’s enhancement rather than the master’s knowledge or truth which aims at the preservation of life. My work will explain how the hysteric’s discourse can transform the master’s discourse into the analyst’s discourse through the Will to Power. This is important, as this is the ultimate aim of psychoanalysis where 'At the end of analysis the subject passes to the position of analyst'. This is the ultimate aim of psychoanalysis because 'For Lacan, the Discourse of the Analyst is revolutionary because it articulates the truth of the (unconscious) subject'. Fundamentally, the objective of this article is to demonstrate that 'hysteria is to be understood not as an ‘abnormal’ condition but as one possible manifestation of the subject’s uncanny relationship to itself'.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2018 05:06
Last Modified: 27 May 2021 05:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nietzsche; Lacan; Heidegger; hysteria
Fields of Research (2008): 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220317 Poststructuralism
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220318 Psychoanalytic Philosophy
Fields of Research (2020): 50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5003 Philosophy > 500319 Poststructuralism
50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5003 Philosophy > 500320 Psychoanalytic philosophy
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci5030029
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34950

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