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Author: Uzlaner Dmitry

Uzlaner Dmitry

— lecturer at the chair of philosophy and cultural studies at Russian State Medical University; works at the «Russian journal»; member of the Centre for Theology and Philosophy at Nottingham university (UK).

Publications

“The Study of Religion and Its Postmodernist Critics” / Logos. 2018. № 6 (127). P. 164-208
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The Multidimensional Subject: A Believer in “Imaginary,” “Symbolic,” and “Real” Registers / Logos. 2016. № 6 (115). P. 21-56
annotation:  This article is devoted to a systematic rendition of the theory of the subject as it was elaborated in Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic theory. The article offers an analysis of human subjectivity in each of the three Lacanian registers: Imaginary, Symbolic, and Real. In the Imaginary register, the subject is represented by his ego, which paradoxically turns out to be the “object within the subject.” In the Symbolic register, the subject is undermined by signifiers that represent him/her in the dimension of language, law, and culture. The article demonstrates that identity is not something that expresses the subject’s essence, but rather identity is what alienates the subject from his/her essence. Finally, in the Real register one can finally find the properly subjective part of the subject, but this part manifests itself in escaping from any content which the subject has in the Imaginary and Symbolic registers.
The point of this rendition is to problematize “naïve” assumptions about the subject, which are usually taken for granted in research on contemporary believers (i.e. in opinion polls). The author shows that this research, in order to be interpreted meaningfully, requires a more complex understanding of human subjectivity. Neglect of the subject’s multidimensionality, a refusal to analyze which register of subjectivity this or that statement of a respondent refers to, results in research that is increasingly entangled in “paradoxes” of (religious) consciousness. These paradoxes are evident when one examines quantitative research in the sphere of religion (i.e. in Russia).

Keywords:  Jacques Lacan; sociology of religion; positivism; theory of the subject; religiosity; Russia
Under the Other’s Gaze: The Selfie through the Lens of Lacanian Psychoanalysis / Logos. 2016. № 6 (115). P. 189-218
annotation:  This essay is an interpretation of the phenomenon of the selfie. The author considers what the phenomenon of the selfie says about the constitution of the human subject. Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic theory of the subject is used as a fulcrum to investigate, in particular, his reflections on the gaze (le regard) and the role it plays in the process of constituting human subjectivity. The author takes one specific “mirror selfie” and consistently examines various aspects of the gaze in relation to it: the gaze as it constitutes and verifies the identity of the subject — this aspect is explained with the help of Lacan’s “double-mirror device,” which structurally is very similar to selfie; the ideological dimension of the gaze and “visual interpellation,” which installs the subject into the big Other; the gaze as the objectcause of desire — this aspect explains why one is not satis ed with a single selfie and turns this practice into a constant cyclical pattern; the unbearable inevitability of the gaze and of the attempt to take control of it — the selfie is considered as an attempt to tame the gaze of the Other, to gentrify it; the monstrous Real dimension of the gaze — here one can find analysis of shaming and other cases of traumatic encounters with the gaze of the Other. This traumatic dimension demonstrates that taming of the gaze is something that is doomed to ultimately fail. The author concludes that new technologies, and in particular the new possibilities of self-representation they provide, do not distort the nature of man, but, on the contrary, only reveal it with greater clarity.
Keywords:  Jacques Lacan; Jean-Paul Sartre; sel e; theory of the subject; ideology; Instagram; shaming
Introduction to the postsecular philosophy/ Logos. 2011. № 3 (82). P. 3-32
annotation:  By postsecular we usually understand sociological and political problem, f. e. postsecular society. This article is devoted to the analysis of philosophical dimension of postsecular, without which all social or political discussions concerning postsecular would become impossible and groundless. The author examines double turn in the intellectual space of the 21st century: theological turn in philosophy and philosophical turn in theology. Then we see the analysis of the notion «secular» and besides of the transformations which await philosophy of religion during current postsecular stage. In the end we see the sketch of how postsecular philosophy and postsecular «frame of mind» could look like.
Keywords:  postsecular, postsecular society, Habermas, Milbank, secular, philosophy of religion, theology and philosophy

Uzlaner Dmitry

lecturer at the chair of philosophy and cultural studies at Russian State Medical University; works at the «Russian journal»; member of the Centre for Theology and Philosophy at Nottingham university (UK).

Publications

“The Study of Religion and Its Postmodernist Critics” / Logos. 2018. № 6 (127). P. 164-208
annotation: 
Keywords: 
The Multidimensional Subject: A Believer in “Imaginary,” “Symbolic,” and “Real” Registers / Logos. 2016. № 6 (115). P. 21-56
annotation:  This article is devoted to a systematic rendition of the theory of the subject as it was elaborated in Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic theory. The article offers an analysis of human subjectivity in each of the three Lacanian registers: Imaginary, Symbolic, and Real. In the Imaginary register, the subject is represented by his ego, which paradoxically turns out to be the “object within the subject.” In the Symbolic register, the subject is undermined by signifiers that represent him/her in the dimension of language, law, and culture. The article demonstrates that identity is not something that expresses the subject’s essence, but rather identity is what alienates the subject from his/her essence. Finally, in the Real register one can finally find the properly subjective part of the subject, but this part manifests itself in escaping from any content which the subject has in the Imaginary and Symbolic registers.
The point of this rendition is to problematize “naïve” assumptions about the subject, which are usually taken for granted in research on contemporary believers (i.e. in opinion polls). The author shows that this research, in order to be interpreted meaningfully, requires a more complex understanding of human subjectivity. Neglect of the subject’s multidimensionality, a refusal to analyze which register of subjectivity this or that statement of a respondent refers to, results in research that is increasingly entangled in “paradoxes” of (religious) consciousness. These paradoxes are evident when one examines quantitative research in the sphere of religion (i.e. in Russia).

Keywords:  Jacques Lacan; sociology of religion; positivism; theory of the subject; religiosity; Russia
Under the Other’s Gaze: The Selfie through the Lens of Lacanian Psychoanalysis / Logos. 2016. № 6 (115). P. 189-218
annotation:  This essay is an interpretation of the phenomenon of the selfie. The author considers what the phenomenon of the selfie says about the constitution of the human subject. Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic theory of the subject is used as a fulcrum to investigate, in particular, his reflections on the gaze (le regard) and the role it plays in the process of constituting human subjectivity. The author takes one specific “mirror selfie” and consistently examines various aspects of the gaze in relation to it: the gaze as it constitutes and verifies the identity of the subject — this aspect is explained with the help of Lacan’s “double-mirror device,” which structurally is very similar to selfie; the ideological dimension of the gaze and “visual interpellation,” which installs the subject into the big Other; the gaze as the objectcause of desire — this aspect explains why one is not satis ed with a single selfie and turns this practice into a constant cyclical pattern; the unbearable inevitability of the gaze and of the attempt to take control of it — the selfie is considered as an attempt to tame the gaze of the Other, to gentrify it; the monstrous Real dimension of the gaze — here one can find analysis of shaming and other cases of traumatic encounters with the gaze of the Other. This traumatic dimension demonstrates that taming of the gaze is something that is doomed to ultimately fail. The author concludes that new technologies, and in particular the new possibilities of self-representation they provide, do not distort the nature of man, but, on the contrary, only reveal it with greater clarity.
Keywords:  Jacques Lacan; Jean-Paul Sartre; sel e; theory of the subject; ideology; Instagram; shaming
Introduction to the postsecular philosophy/ Logos. 2011. № 3 (82). P. 3-32
annotation:  By postsecular we usually understand sociological and political problem, f. e. postsecular society. This article is devoted to the analysis of philosophical dimension of postsecular, without which all social or political discussions concerning postsecular would become impossible and groundless. The author examines double turn in the intellectual space of the 21st century: theological turn in philosophy and philosophical turn in theology. Then we see the analysis of the notion «secular» and besides of the transformations which await philosophy of religion during current postsecular stage. In the end we see the sketch of how postsecular philosophy and postsecular «frame of mind» could look like.
Keywords:  postsecular, postsecular society, Habermas, Milbank, secular, philosophy of religion, theology and philosophy

Uzlaner Dmitry

Editor-in-Chief, “State, Religion and Church” Journal, Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA); Research Fellow, Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES). Address: 82 Vernadskogo ave., Bldg 1, 119571 Moscow, Russia. E-mail: religion@rane.ru

Publications

“The Study of Religion and Its Postmodernist Critics” / Logos. 2018. № 6 (127). P. 164-208
annotation: 
Keywords: 
The Multidimensional Subject: A Believer in “Imaginary,” “Symbolic,” and “Real” Registers / Logos. 2016. № 6 (115). P. 21-56
annotation:  This article is devoted to a systematic rendition of the theory of the subject as it was elaborated in Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic theory. The article offers an analysis of human subjectivity in each of the three Lacanian registers: Imaginary, Symbolic, and Real. In the Imaginary register, the subject is represented by his ego, which paradoxically turns out to be the “object within the subject.” In the Symbolic register, the subject is undermined by signifiers that represent him/her in the dimension of language, law, and culture. The article demonstrates that identity is not something that expresses the subject’s essence, but rather identity is what alienates the subject from his/her essence. Finally, in the Real register one can finally find the properly subjective part of the subject, but this part manifests itself in escaping from any content which the subject has in the Imaginary and Symbolic registers.
The point of this rendition is to problematize “naïve” assumptions about the subject, which are usually taken for granted in research on contemporary believers (i.e. in opinion polls). The author shows that this research, in order to be interpreted meaningfully, requires a more complex understanding of human subjectivity. Neglect of the subject’s multidimensionality, a refusal to analyze which register of subjectivity this or that statement of a respondent refers to, results in research that is increasingly entangled in “paradoxes” of (religious) consciousness. These paradoxes are evident when one examines quantitative research in the sphere of religion (i.e. in Russia).

Keywords:  Jacques Lacan; sociology of religion; positivism; theory of the subject; religiosity; Russia
Under the Other’s Gaze: The Selfie through the Lens of Lacanian Psychoanalysis / Logos. 2016. № 6 (115). P. 189-218
annotation:  This essay is an interpretation of the phenomenon of the selfie. The author considers what the phenomenon of the selfie says about the constitution of the human subject. Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic theory of the subject is used as a fulcrum to investigate, in particular, his reflections on the gaze (le regard) and the role it plays in the process of constituting human subjectivity. The author takes one specific “mirror selfie” and consistently examines various aspects of the gaze in relation to it: the gaze as it constitutes and verifies the identity of the subject — this aspect is explained with the help of Lacan’s “double-mirror device,” which structurally is very similar to selfie; the ideological dimension of the gaze and “visual interpellation,” which installs the subject into the big Other; the gaze as the objectcause of desire — this aspect explains why one is not satis ed with a single selfie and turns this practice into a constant cyclical pattern; the unbearable inevitability of the gaze and of the attempt to take control of it — the selfie is considered as an attempt to tame the gaze of the Other, to gentrify it; the monstrous Real dimension of the gaze — here one can find analysis of shaming and other cases of traumatic encounters with the gaze of the Other. This traumatic dimension demonstrates that taming of the gaze is something that is doomed to ultimately fail. The author concludes that new technologies, and in particular the new possibilities of self-representation they provide, do not distort the nature of man, but, on the contrary, only reveal it with greater clarity.
Keywords:  Jacques Lacan; Jean-Paul Sartre; sel e; theory of the subject; ideology; Instagram; shaming
Introduction to the postsecular philosophy/ Logos. 2011. № 3 (82). P. 3-32
annotation:  By postsecular we usually understand sociological and political problem, f. e. postsecular society. This article is devoted to the analysis of philosophical dimension of postsecular, without which all social or political discussions concerning postsecular would become impossible and groundless. The author examines double turn in the intellectual space of the 21st century: theological turn in philosophy and philosophical turn in theology. Then we see the analysis of the notion «secular» and besides of the transformations which await philosophy of religion during current postsecular stage. In the end we see the sketch of how postsecular philosophy and postsecular «frame of mind» could look like.
Keywords:  postsecular, postsecular society, Habermas, Milbank, secular, philosophy of religion, theology and philosophy
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