National Finitude and the Paranoid Style of the One

Mura, Andrea. 2016. National Finitude and the Paranoid Style of the One. Contemporary Political Theory, 15(1), pp. 58-79. ISSN 1470-8914 [Article]

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This article inquires into the clinical figure of paranoia and its constitutive role in the articulation of the nation-state discourse in Europe, uncovering a central tension between a principle of integrity and a dualist spatial configuration. A conceptual distinction between ‘border’ (finis) and ‘frontier’ (limes) will help to expose the political effects of such a tension, unveiling the way in which a solid and striated organisation of space has been mobilised in the topographic antagonism of the nation, sustaining the phantasm of a self-enclosed, self-sufficient finitude.

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paranoia, nation, finitude Jacques Lacan borders frontiers

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7 April 2015Published Online
1 February 2016Published

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04 Jan 2017 17:09

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