The Temporality of Sexual Life in Husserl and Freud

Phenomenology of Eros (2012)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In this text I would like to show two things. Firstly, that the so-called “timelessness” of the Freudian unconscious can be elucidated through an interpretation of the concept of Nachträglichkeit, and showing thereby that there is indeed a temporality specific to the workings of the unconscious. Freud’s analysis of early psychic trauma related to sexual phenomena pointed to a serious complication for all believers in the immediate transparency of consciousness. For the “wound” itself was constituted over time, and the possibility of coming to understand the trauma (thereby achieving a certain freedom from its repercussions) was again only possible after the event had passed. The Nachträglichkeit involved in the psychoanalytical understanding of sexual trauma thus hinges on a threefold temporal process at work in subjective life. Secondly, I wish to show that Husserl, in his analyses of time and intersubjectivity, delivered the materials with which a phenomenological clarification of Nachträglichkeit can be given. Since Nachträglichkeit is essentially tied to the structure of repression (and thus the very constitution of the unconscious), what I am suggesting is a prolegomenon to a phenomenological clarification of Freudian repression. This clearly suggests the need for further investigations into the phenomenology of sexual life.

Links

PhilArchive

External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Analytics

Added to PP
2014-03-10

Downloads
577 (#33,900)

6 months
91 (#63,741)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Nicholas Smith
Södertörn University

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Was ist Metaphysik?Martin Heidegger - 1929 - Bonn,: F. Cohen.
Was ist Metaphysik?Martin Heidegger - 1929 - Bonn,: F. Cohen.
Was ist Metaphysik.Martin Heidegger - 1929 - In . Vittorio Klostermann. pp. 103-122.
Michel Henry and the phenomenology of the invisible.Dan Zahavi - 1999 - Continental Philosophy Review 32 (3):223-240.
Intellectual Intuition: The Continuity Thesis.Moltke S. Gram - 1981 - Journal of the History of Ideas 42 (2):287.

View all 7 references / Add more references