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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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Room for Thought

Room for Thought

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(p.361) Room for Thought
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I Think I Am
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Laurence A. Rickels

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816666652.003.0031

This chapter explores how the culture of the machine age destroys that to which the sciences, growing out of myth, had painstakingly laid claim, the space or room of contemplation (Andachtsraum), which laid the foundation for thinking space (Denkraum). Focusing on the case of Aby Warburg, one of the patients of the Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Ludwig Binswanger, it considers Sigmund Freud’s inside view of delusions as attempts at recovery: Freud credited Carl Jung’s early work on schizophrenia, in which flights of ideas and motor stereotypies were analyzed as relics of former object-cathexes. If the futility of Germany’s position in the Great War triggered Warburg’s breakdown, then the entry of the United States into the world conflict must have been the last raw material that broke Germany’s back to back with Warburg’s breakdown. In pockets deep inside the United States of techno culture, Warburg found enclaves of primitive paganism.

Keywords:   machine age, contemplation, thinking space, Aby Warburg, Ludwig Binswanger, Sigmund Freud, delusion, schizophrenia, techno culture, paganism

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