While perhaps hard to justify further, the intuition that overdetermination
is impossible must be respected.
occurs when social actors are represented as participating, at the same time, in more than one social practice.
In the economics of Romantic sensibility, the epistemological counterpart of inflation is a kind of overdetermination
that Paul de Man once memorably described as a system of imagery that is "able to posit regardless of presence but, by the same token, unable to give a foundation to what it posits except as an intent of consciousness" (1984, 6).
15) It's always worth reencountering the concept of overdetermination
as most fully introduced in Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams:
The Rajapaksas want a new overdetermination
, so that the Sinhalese will be too busy chasing spectral-foes to confront the real enemy: the Rajapaksas.
That fact of incompletion or overdetermination
assumes the form of a kind of asymmetry that registers at every level of the social domain, including the subjective--thus Lupton's inspired enlistment of the Greek concept of the daemon, that element of the subject that simultaneously is and is beyond the subject.
Mumford and Anjum mention overdetermination
as a problem for the counterfactual theory of causation and say that solutions have been only ad hoc.
In the summary terms of a post-Althuserrian conception of overdetermination
, every entity or event exists at the nexus of a bewildering complexity of natural and social processes, constituting it as a site of contradiction, tensions, difference, and instability.
Wee's essay is useful in that it supplies historical context, which is helpful in avoiding theoretical overdetermination
and the erasure of cultural difference.
This brief history is an example of functional overdetermination
, since it involves the evolution of techniques and technical objects hand-in-hand, but not all together as a single technical object.
Fanon goes on to differentiate between the Jew's overdetermination
and the Black's by stressing that the Jew, in most cases, has white skin that may obfuscate her Jewish identity.
There is no absolute freedom from the father in Hamlet, but it is only when Hamlet becomes more self-determined, like Laertes, that he achieves a measure of freedom from the weight of paternal overdetermination
, and is able to fulfil his mission.