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A conceptual complement to the Freudian uncanny

Grant number: 19/12033-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2019
Effective date (End): September 11, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy
Principal researcher:Daniel Omar Perez
Grantee:Samia Souen Tortorella
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


The goal of this research is to complement the definition of the uncanny [das Unheimliche], in the way that it is introduced by Freud in 1919, in the text which is named after this concept (The Uncanny, or Das Unheimliche, the original German title). I support that, based on the criticism which Freud addresses to Ernst Jentsch's work on the uncanny, it is actually possible to address to Freud's own conclusion about the feeling of uncanniness very similar criticism - which is substantiated fundamentally by the ideas of irreversibility and incompleteness. Having understood that something has to be added to the Freudian commentary about the uncanny (just like Freud pointed out on the case of Jentsch's commentary), I will suggest that such addition shall be made on the basis of a further development in Freud's theory, outlined in The Man Moses and the monotheistic religion (Der Mann Moses und die monotheistische Religion, 1939 [1934-38]).

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