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Resistance and Repetition: Freud and Hegel

In: Research in Phenomenology
Author: Rebecca Comay1
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  • 1 Philosophy Department, Northrop Frye 317, Victoria College/Univ. of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 1K7, Canadacomay@chass.utoronto.ca
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This essay explores the vicissitudes of resistance as the central concept of both Freud and Hegel. Read through the prism of psychoanalysis, Hegel appears less as a philosopher of inexorable progress (the infamous cunning of reason) than as a thinker of repetition, delay, and stuckness. It is only on this seemingly unpromising basis that the radical potential of both thinkers can be retrieved.

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