Subjectivity on the Move: Objectivity and Subjectivity in Lacanian Psychoanalysis

By Jonas Hill.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies

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Post-structuralism has bequeathed to us an epistemology in which the divisions between binary opposites are blurred and permeable. Yet the evidence of our senses and the demands of research and daily life compel us to be ‘pragmatic’, to distinguish between fact and feeling, between the subjective and objective, between qualitative and quantitative. This paper offers no solution to this dilemma. Instead, it proposes a Lacanian psychoanalytic model in which subjectivity and objectivity are fluid categories in which material is constantly recycled in a circulatory movement. Further, it suggests that this motility arises precisely from the subject’s pragmatic—though false—distinction between the subjective and objective. It achieves this by examining one scholar’s investigation into national identity, therein identifying pressures impinging upon all social research.

Keywords: Subjectivity, Objectivity, Lacan, Psychoanalysis, Unconscious, National Identity

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.75-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 192.033KB).

Jonas Hill

PhD Candidate, Politics and Public Policy, Griffith University, Nathan Campus, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

is a doctoral candidate at the School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Politics and Government with Honours from Griffith University, awarded the University Medal for Outstanding Academic Excellence for his research in the field of citizenship. His research interests centre on the political subject, psychoanalytical thought and its application in political philosophy. He is currently researching political identity in the thought of Jacques Lacan and its interpreters. He has taught in the areas of Australian and global politics, Republican Chinese politics, and human rights.