The Jew as a doppelgänger: the role of the double in the constitution of identity

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Abstract

This paper aims to clarify the role the double plays in the constitution of identity, focusing on the movement between the individual and the collective level. Notably, the latter today is often considered through the lens of identity politics. The double, I argue, poses an alternative to this type of politics, by showing the interdependence of groups. As a case study, this paper focuses on the complex relationship between the anti-Semite and the Jew as depicted by Sartre. I begin with a psychoanalytical examination of the figure of the double,follow on with an analysis of Sartre's work in the light of the double, and conclude with Girard's theory of mimetic desire.

Original languageEnglish
JournalContinental Philosophy Review
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • Anti-Semitism
  • Doppelg?nger
  • Double
  • Girard
  • Identity
  • Identity Politics
  • Lacan
  • Rank
  • Sartre

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