Consciousness as claiming: Practice and habit in an enigmatic world

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

8 Dyfyniadau(SciVal)
77 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)


There has been increasing interest in recent years on the non-cognitive nature of human existence. Self-conscious thought and reflective action are no longer seen to be the defining feature of the human condition nor an anchor for social life. On the contrary, material practice and habitual engagements are the abiding mechanisms by which everyday life is sutured. One of the consequences of this perspective is its abbreviated conception of human consciousness. In the literature on habit and practical engagement, consciousness is conceptualised primarily in terms of self-perception and awareness. The aim of this article is to put forth the thesis that human consciousness is not just an awareness of the self – it is also a ‘claim’. Drawing upon the psycho-analytic work of Jean Laplanche, the paper argues that consciousness emerges as subjects reckon with existential problems that are as imminent to everyday life as the concrete problems and practical tasks. In this framing, consciousness emerges as a desire to claim oneself as a self in the face of problems that exceed our practical capacities. Consciousness is a claim in the sense that it marks a desire to be a self-standing, self-possessed subject, within a precarious and enigmatic world
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Tudalennau (o-i)1120-1135
Nifer y tudalennau16
CyfnodolynEnvironment and Planning D: Society and Space
Rhif cyhoeddi6
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar28 Meh 2018
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 01 Rhag 2018

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