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ExperimentingEssays with Samuel Weber$
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Simon Morgan Wortham and Gary Hall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228140

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823228140.001.0001

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It Walks: The Ambulatory Uncanny

It Walks: The Ambulatory Uncanny

(p.183) Chapter 8 It Walks: The Ambulatory Uncanny

Simon Morgan Wortham

Gary Hall

Fordham University Press

Samuel Weber's work has a remarkable range. He has written on Freud and Lacan, Nietzsche and Heidegger, Balzac and Hoffmann. His work addresses all the crucial issues of critical theory, from questions of hermeneutics and deconstruction to problems of professionalism and the structure of the university. Weber's discussion in an earlier essay, while giving due importance to the problem of castration in the uncanny, reads this in the Lacanian tradition as a problem of the unreliability of vision, the strange crossing from sense perception to the symbolic order, and the emergence of anxiety around the creeping conviction of the subject's incompletion, lack of wholeness and fallibility. Uncanny is the word always falling away from itself into its opposite, yet affirming itself in doing so. The uncanny comes into being as a violation of the law of noncontradiction. Like a ghost, it “is” and “is not.”

Keywords:   Samuel Weber, critical theory, Lacan, hermeneutics, deconstruction, uncanny, perception

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