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A Voice and Nothing More (Short Circuits) by Mladen Dolar

By Mladen Dolar

Plutarch tells the tale of a guy who plucked a nightingale and discovering yet little to devour exclaimed: "You are only a voice and not anything more." Plucking the feathers of that means that disguise the voice, dismantling the physique from which the voice turns out to emanate, resisting the Sirens' music of fascination with the voice, focusing on "the voice and not anything more": this can be the tough job that thinker Mladen Dolar relentlessly pursues during this seminal work.The voice didn't determine as a massive philosophical subject until eventually the Nineteen Sixties, whilst Derrida and Lacan individually proposed it as a primary theoretical main issue. In A Voice and not anything More Dolar is going past Derrida's notion of "phonocentrism" and revives and develops Lacan's declare that the voice is among the paramount embodiments of the psychoanalytic item (objet a). Dolar proposes that, except the 2 normally understood makes use of of the voice as a motor vehicle of which means and as a resource of aesthetic admiration, there's a 3rd point of knowing: the voice as an item that may be visible because the lever of idea. He investigates the article voice on a couple of diversified degrees -- the linguistics of the voice, the metaphysics of the voice, the ethics of the voice (with the voice of conscience), the paradoxical relation among the voice and the physique, the politics of the voice -- and he scrutinizes the makes use of of the voice in Freud and Kafka. With this foundational paintings, Dolar supplies us a philosophically grounded idea of the voice as a Lacanian object-cause.

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