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Michael Eng

Philosophy’s Mother Envy

Has There Yet Been a Deconstruction of the Mother Tongue?
This essay approaches the problem of untying the mother tongue using Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe’s critique of onto-typology, along with the concept of the outre-mère (the ‘beyond-mother’), a limit-figure he and Jean-Luc Nancy devised in their critical assessments of psychoanalysis and its relationship to politics and the problem of mimesis. The essay argues that it will not be possible to deconstruct the figure of the mother tongue, or to untie ourselves from it, as long as we leave unquestioned both the theoretical dependence on figuration and our affective tie ( Gefühlsbindung) to theory.
Keywords: Lacoue-Labarthe; Nancy; language; mimesis; affect; theory; figuration
Title
Philosophy’s Mother Envy
Subtitle
Has There Yet Been a Deconstruction of the Mother Tongue?
Author(s)
Michael Eng
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Description
This essay approaches the problem of untying the mother tongue using Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe’s critique of onto-typology, along with the concept of the outre-mère (the ‘beyond-mother’), a limit-figure he and Jean-Luc Nancy devised in their critical assessments of psychoanalysis and its relationship to politics and the problem of mimesis. The essay argues that it will not be possible to deconstruct the figure of the mother tongue, or to untie ourselves from it, as long as we leave unquestioned both the theoretical dependence on figuration and our affective tie ( Gefühlsbindung) to theory.
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Place
Berlin
Publisher
ICI Berlin Press
Date
4 September 2023
Subject
Lacoue-Labarthe
Nancy
language
mimesis
affect
theory
figuration
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Except for images or otherwise noted, this publication is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Language
en-GB
page start
25
page end
43
Source
Untying the Mother Tongue, ed. by Antonio Castore and Federico Dal Bo, Cultural Inquiry, 26 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2023), pp. 25–43

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Cite as: Michael Eng, ‘Philosophy’s Mother Envy: Has There Yet Been a Deconstruction of the Mother Tongue?’, in Untying the Mother Tongue, ed. by Antonio Castore and Federico Dal Bo, Cultural Inquiry, 26 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2023), pp. 25-43 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-26_2>