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Tiivistelmät 2/2020

ALEKSI LOHTAJA: The Political Unconscious of Architecture: Martin Heidegger’s ”Building Dwelling Thinking” 

Martin Heidegger’s ”Building Dwelling Thinking” argues that socially engaged architecture fails to understand that the crisis of housing is related to more profound crisis of being. To fully grasp this, architecture needs to be detached from direct social and political questions. Instead architecture needs to examine and elaborate, how dwelling and being are related. Situated however to the actual reconstruction period after the wwii, the statement has its own ideological purpose. By looking this from the point of view of the political unconscious of architecture, the article proposes that Heidegger’s philosophical reflections are deliberately targeted against the political project of modernist architecture and its conceptualization of architecture for emancipated masses. The article concludes that this political unconscious is also implied in later phenomenological approaches to architecture influenced by Heidegger. Lue teksti

TUIJA PULKKINEN: Explanation or Intervention – a Critical Reading of Darwin’s
Role in Elizabeth Grosz’s Work

In this article, I explore reading ”the enemy” in the context of the politics of philosophy within contemporary feminist theory. As an example of an agonistic reading, I present my reading of Elizabeth Grosz’s work and Darwin’s role in it. I critically argue that Grosz’s intellectual project has developed into a general theory of change, within which both Darwin and Irigaray appear as Deleuzian ontologists. As such it moves feminist theory discussions toward providing explanation, rather than an intervention. Joining in feminist debates on critical reading, I suggest that reading theory with the ideas of agonistics, in the sense of Chantal Mouffe, provides a new angle. I also claim that reading theory texts agonistically involves a particular type of pleasure.

AINO-MARJATTA MÄKI: ”The Psychotherapist We Deserve”: a Reading of Jordan Peterson’s Clinical Practice

In this article, I provide a reading of the book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (2018) by the Canadian clinical psychologist and professor of psychology Jordan Peterson. I have studied the book from a clinical perspective: I focus on the passages discussing Peterson’s psychotherapeutic practice, and more generally, care relationships of any kind. My main question is: how does Peterson understand the nature of therapeutic relation? My premise for this reading is that there exists an inevitable discrepancy (fr. décalage) in the doctor-patient relationship, as it is described by the French philosopher and physician Georges Canguilhem in his article ”Une pédagogie de la guérison est-elle possible?” (1978). Through Peterson’s book I outline and examine the idea of a reciprocal therapeutic relationship which I set against Lacanian psychoanalytic thought, particularly in relation to the impossibility of direct human communication.

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