The buddy-boss and the entrepreneurs-of-themselves (2020)
AuthorsGonsalves, Rodrigoshow all
A philosophical appraisal provoked by a proper name has a few challenges to face in order to reach its purpose. The first challenge comes in the form of a trap, which this chapter will avoid at all costs by following the Freudian prescription on wild analysis - this means that the Chapter will not pretend to sustain a pseudo-psychoanalytic or pseudo-psychological analysis of the person of Donald Trump. And after introducing a brief critique to readings such as this, the text will present the direction which wants to achieve. In short, the aim of this text is a philosophical exploration of �the problem of Trump� which will investigate Trump as a psychoanalytic symptom. The understanding of Trump as a symptom under the Freudian/Lacanian lenses, forces us to pose a fundamental question: Trump is a symptom of what? And from the comprehension of the paradoxical dimension of the psychoanalytic symptoms, this question allows us to take another step further and pose a puzzling question: what a figure such as Trump could be a solution to? In order words, how could Trump have become a valid (social) response. The investigation of what is symbolically encapsulated/captured by a figure such as Trump presents valuable insights - not only on how we make politics nowadays, but also, on what we think about ourselves.