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The '[[beautiful soul]]' (Fr.''belle âme'', Ger. ''schöne Seele'') is a stage in the [[dialectic]] of [[self-consciousness]] which [[Hegel]] describes in the ''[[Phenomenology of Spirit]]''.<ref>(Hegel, 1807)</ref>
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The [[beautiful soul]] projects its own disorder onto the world and attempts to cure this disorder by imposing 'the law of the heart' on everyone else.  
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==Hegel==
For [[Lacan]], the [[beautiful soul]] is a perfect [[metaphor]] for the [[ego]]; "the ego of modern man ... has taken on its form in the dialectical impasse of the ''belle âme'' who does not recognise his very own ''raison d'être'' in the disorder that he denounces in the world."<ref>(E, 70)</ref>
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The '[[beautiful soul]]' ([[French]]: ''belle âme'', [[German]]: ''schöne Seele'') is a [[stage]] in the [[dialectic]] of [[self-consciousness]] which [[Hegel]] describes in the ''[[Phenomenology of Spirit]''.<ref>Hegel. 1807</ref>
In a more extreme way, the [[beautiful soul]] also illustrates the [[structure]] of [[paranoia]]c ''[[méconnaissance]]'' ('misrecognition').<ref>(Ec, 172-3)</ref>
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The [[beautiful soul]] projects its own [[disorder]] onto the world and attempts to [[cure]] this [[disorder]] by imposing 'the law of the heart' on everyone else.  
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==Lacan==
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For [[Lacan]], the [[beautiful soul]] is a perfect [[metaphor]] for the [[ego]]:
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<blockquote>"[T]he ego of modern man ... has taken on its form in the dialectical impasse of the ''belle âme'' who does not recognise his very own ''raison d'être'' in the disorder that he denounces in the world."<ref>{{E}} p.70</ref></blockquote>
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==Paranoia==
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In a more extreme way, the [[beautiful soul]] also illustrates the [[structure]] of [[paranoia]]c [[misrecognition]] (''méconnaissance'').<ref>{{Ec}} p.172-3</ref>
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==Neurosis==
 
The concept of the [[beautiful soul]] illustrates the way that [[neurosis|neurotics]] often deny their own responsibility for what is going on around them.  
 
The concept of the [[beautiful soul]] illustrates the way that [[neurosis|neurotics]] often deny their own responsibility for what is going on around them.  
The [[ethics]] of [[psychoanalysis]] enjoin [[analysand]]s to recognise their own part in their [[suffering]]s.  
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Thus when [[Dora]] complains about being treated as an [[object]] of exchange by the men around her, [[Freud]]'s first intervention is to confront her with her own complicity in this exchange.<ref>(Ec, 218-19; see Freud, 1905e)</ref>
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==Ethics of Psychoanalysis==
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The [[ethics]] of [[psychoanalysis]] enjoin [[analysand]]s to recognise their own part in their [[suffering]]s.
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Thus when [[Dora]] complains about being treated as an [[object]] of exchange by the men around her, [[Freud]]'s first intervention is to confront her with her own complicity in this exchange.<ref>{{Ec}} p.218-19</ref>
  
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==
 
* [[Hegel]]
 
* [[Hegel]]
 
* [[ethics]]
 
* [[ethics]]
* ''[[méconnaissance]]''
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* [[misrecognition]
 
* [[dialectic]]
 
* [[dialectic]]
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
 
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Revision as of 15:37, 19 June 2006

Hegel

The 'beautiful soul' (French: belle âme, German: schöne Seele) is a stage in the dialectic of self-consciousness which Hegel describes in the [[Phenomenology of Spirit].[1]

The beautiful soul projects its own disorder onto the world and attempts to cure this disorder by imposing 'the law of the heart' on everyone else.

Lacan

For Lacan, the beautiful soul is a perfect metaphor for the ego:

"[T]he ego of modern man ... has taken on its form in the dialectical impasse of the belle âme who does not recognise his very own raison d'être in the disorder that he denounces in the world."[2]

Paranoia

In a more extreme way, the beautiful soul also illustrates the structure of paranoiac misrecognition (méconnaissance).[3]

Neurosis

The concept of the beautiful soul illustrates the way that neurotics often deny their own responsibility for what is going on around them.

Ethics of Psychoanalysis

The ethics of psychoanalysis enjoin analysands to recognise their own part in their sufferings.

Thus when Dora complains about being treated as an object of exchange by the men around her, Freud's first intervention is to confront her with her own complicity in this exchange.[4]

See Also

References

  1. Hegel. 1807
  2. Lacan, Jacques. Écrits: A Selection. Trans. Alan Sheridan. London: Tavistock Publications, 1977. p.70
  3. Lacan, Jacques. Écrits. Paris: Seuil, 1966. p.172-3
  4. Lacan, Jacques. Écrits. Paris: Seuil, 1966. p.218-19