Ambivalence in the concept of libidinal economy: Jean-François Lyotard against Samo Tomšič

Authors

  • Linartas Tuomas Vytautas Magnus University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.7220/2335-8769.80.5

Keywords:

Libidinal economy, Jean-François Lyotard, Samo Tomšič, Psychoanalysis, Desire, The unconscious, Materialism, Capitalism

Abstract

This article examines the ambivalence in the concept of libidinal economy, which we identify in the philosophies of Jean-François Lyotard and Samo Tomšič; they both offer radically different conceptions of libidinal economy. Although emerging from very contrasting perspectives, both theories consider the relationship between desire, the unconscious, and the capitalist economy. After defining these two approaches, we compare them, while marking differences, similarities, influences, and sociopolitical presumptions. Also, we propose a few indicative concepts, which should help to contextualize the identity of the concept of libidinal economy. After critically discussing both theories, we suggest three paradoxes in Lyotard’s approach as well as some weaknesses in Tomšič’s project. It turns out that the concept of libidinal economy is a productive theoretical tool to explore the relationship between philosophy and psychoanalysis, as well as the split in the materialist tradition. Based on that, we claim that the ambivalence of the concept of libidinal economy is a part of much more complex philosophical-historical conflict.

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Published

2024-02-13

How to Cite

Tuomas , L. (2024). Ambivalence in the concept of libidinal economy: Jean-François Lyotard against Samo Tomšič. Darbai Ir Dienos / Deeds and Days, 80, 85–98. https://doi.org/10.7220/2335-8769.80.5

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