Mandelbaum, MM (2015) The fantasy of congruency: the Abbe Sieyes and the ‘nation-state’ problematique revisited. Philosophy & Social Criticism. ISSN 1461-734X

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This paper offers an alternative reading of the Abbé Sieyès and the modern ‘nation-state’ problématique. I argue that the subject/object that is constituted in the early days of modernity is the incomplete society: an impossible-possibility ideal of congruency of population, authority and space. I suggest reading this ideal of congruency as a fantasy in that it offers a certain ‘fullness to come’, the promise of jouissance that can never be attained and is thus constantly re-envisioned and re-invoked. Drawing on discourse-analytical and psychoanalytical tools I explain the logic of fantasy before analysing Sieyès’ What is the Third Estate?, as I show how he critiques and fragments the old model of the state and how his reading of the nation is fantasmatic, a continuous project towards impossible congruency.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: congruency, fantasy, nation-state, society, Abbé Sieyès
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2015 14:32
Last Modified: 30 May 2016 15:52

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