From autonomous subject to free individual in Simmel and Lacan

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This article reads Simmel's and Lacan's respective theories of subject and object with regard to their understandings of alienation as a constant human feature. It demonstrates a gradual shift in their work from a conception of humans as autonomous subjects to humans as free individuals. It argues that this shift is best understood with regard to their respective contentions with alienation and in relation of transgression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-127
Number of pages25
JournalHistory of European Ideas
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy


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