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Laurence A. Rickels

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666652

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666652.001.0001

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(p.237) Lola
I Think I Am

Laurence A. Rickels

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on the case of Lola Voss, a schizophrenic studied by the Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Ludwig Binswanger, who follows her as she shifts from polymorphous schizophrenia into paranoid schizophrenia. The momentum of Binswanger’s case study of Lola goes against Sigmund Freud’s revalorization of Daniel P. Schreber’s delusional system as moment of recovery. Binswanger proposes instead that what Lola wants or lacks is what she gets in the end: the psychotic defense of loss of self, self-being, and freedom. Her paranoia marks a point of no return of the process of deterioration that leads via increasing Verweltlichung or “worldification” of her existence to a new structure of Dasein determined by a specific Weltentwurf, “world view” or “projection of world,” to which Dasein must abandon itself utterly. Dasein gives itself up as self. No timing, no spacing, no selfing—no contact with others—equals no Dasein.

Keywords:   paranoid schizophrenia, Lola Voss, Ludwig Binswanger, Sigmund Freud, Daniel P. Schreber, self, self-being, paranoia, worldification, Dasein

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