Understanding the Body’s Critique: Repeating to Repair

Karin Nisenbaum
Syracuse University
In the following paper I look at the body as a site where individual and communal normative structures come into view. Drawing from the work of Sigmund Freud and Paul Ricoeur, and through an analysis of the compulsion to repeat, I offer an understanding of psychoanalysis as a practice whereby we decipher the body’s call to configure our individual lives more humanly. This involves the interruption of the compulsion to repeat and the transition from an instinctual and organic development, towards an ‘Erotic life.’ I also broaden the scope of the analysis and investigate the kinds of communal structures or bonds that the psychoanalytic concept of an ‘Erotic drive’ calls for. To this end, I introduce Walter Benjamin’s studies on the relation between different temporal and political structures
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 63,339
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Daoism and the Later Merleau-Ponty on Body.Wing-Cheuk Chan - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 51:3-9.
Heidegger on the Notion of Dasein as Habited Body.Akoijam Thoibisana - 2008 - Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology 8 (2):1-5.
Gender / Body / Machine.Alison Adam - 2002 - Ratio 15 (4):354–375.
On the Concept of the Human Body in Heraclitus.Shawn Loht - forthcoming - Proceedings of the Southeast Philosophy Congress.
The Body in Thinking: Reconciliation of Philosophical Anthropology and Ontology.Olga Gomilko - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 20:69-75.
Sartre on the Phenomenal Body and Merleau-Ponty's Critique.M. C. Dillon - 1974 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 5 (2):144-158.


Added to PP index

Total views

Recent downloads (6 months)

How can I increase my downloads?


Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

My notes