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Listen to Scott Wilson, ‘Spider Universe: Lars von Trier and the Fear of Philosophy’

Posted: Friday 24 May 2013
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LGS and CRMEP in collaboration with Art and Philosophy at Central St Martins present:

Professor Scott Wilson (Kingston) – Spider Universe: Lars von Trier and the Fear of Philosophy

To listen click here.

‘Let us recognise the subject’s efficacy in the gnomon he erects, a gnomon that constantly indicates truth’s site to him.’ Lacan, Ecrits.

This is a paper about the creativity of fear in film and philosophy, focussing on Lars von Trier and Gilles Deleuze.  The former is a film maker who has a long history of psychotherapy and psychoanalytic treatment for phobic anxiety which he has used both critically and creatively as material for his films. The latter, we discover from his biographer Francoise Dosse, had a phobia for both milk products and schizophrenics. In this paper, the understanding of phobia developed in the cinema of von Trier will be deployed in order to disclose the link between a fear of milk and the figure of the schizophrenic and offer a different way of understanding the dynamic genesis of Deleuze’s philosophy, particularly his logic of sense. Neither exactly a structure nor a symptom, phobia is a problematic category in psychoanalysis. Here, psychoanalytic, schizoanalytic and neuroscientific accounts of phobia are discussed by way of elaborating a ‘gnomonology’ that articulates a critical and clinical understanding of cultural production, particularly in its engagements with scientific discourse.


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