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Wrestling with the Angel: Experiments in Symbolic Life

Tracy McNulty


This book is a meditation on contemporary political, legal, and social theory from a psychoanalytic perspective. It argues for the enabling function of formal and symbolic constraints in sustaining desire as a source of creativity, innovation, and social change. It begins by calling for a richer understanding of the psychoanalytic concept of the symbolic and the resources it might offer for an examination of the social link and the political sphere. The symbolic is a crucial dimension of social coexistence that is introduced by language—and thus inescapably “Other” with respect to the laws of ... More

Keywords: desire, creativity, innovation, social change, psychoanalytic concept, symbolic, social coexistence, social norms, Other

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231161190
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231161190.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tracy McNulty, author
Cornell University

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