Showing posts with label ghosts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ghosts. Show all posts

Monday, 11 November 2013

Ghost Post Part Two: Freud and Ghostly Speculation

John  Dee and Edward Kelly invoking a ghost
[Wikimedia Commons]


HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED ABOUT "GHOSTS" OR EVEN ENCOUNTERED ONE?
'...in unheimlicher Nachtzeit' ['in the eerie night hours'] ~ Sigmund Freud, "The Uncanny", trans. David McLintock (Penguin Classics, London, 1998)
 '...the uncanny is that species of the frightening that goes back to what was once well known and had long been familiar' (ibid, p. 124).



Today we will:
  • reprise the ghostly through Freud's explanation
  • trip a cursory two-step with the double 
  • a brief snippet pointing the way to the history of the "soul"
  • have a quick glance at what belief in "ghosts" might commit us to
  • check out the "traditional" understanding of what a ghost is
  • pose the main problem with ghostly phenomena and waffle a little amid the mud 
CATCH PART ONE HERE