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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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A Wake

A Wake

(p.381) A Wake
I Think I Am

Laurence A. Rickels

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses ghosts and dreams from psychoanalytic and philosophical perspectives. Exiting Kreuzlingen, Aby Warburg had determined to abandon art history and set out on a new path marked by totemism, allegory, and the technological relation. Judging by Warburg’s emphasis and by the reluctance on Ludwig Binswanger’s part to let him go, we get a good idea of how proximate Warburg’s break chance was to Daniel P. Schreber’s own endopsychic allegory. According to Warburg, our cognitive oscillation moves time and again between imagistic and semiotic positing of origins or causes. In his analysis of the possibility of relations with spirits, Immanuel Kant arrives in another place, that of metaphysical knowledge of the limits of human reason, which neither bend nor give way before the questions of ghosts as of life after death. Arthur Schopenhauer, for his part, turns to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Urphänomen to draw a line between experience or Erfahrung, as a justifiable mode of inquiry, and the inexplicable nature of the phenomenon experienced.

Keywords:   ghosts, dreams, Aby Warburg, allegory, Ludwig Binswanger, spirits, Immanuel Kant, Arthur Schopenhauer, Urphänomen, Erfahrung

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