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By Scott Carter

Dave Bolden's lifestyles sounds like it's on repeat. He works his 8 hours at a boutique accounting company, is going domestic, will get inebriated and wakes up tomorrow to return to paintings with a hangover. yet his existence adjustments whilst an eighteen-wheel truck crashes during the entrance home windows of his office, killing everybody other than him. presently after the twist of fate, he's approached by means of an eccentric businessman, Mr. Thorrin, who translates Dave's survival as good fortune and units out to take advantage of what he perceives as a present. Mr. Thorrin wishes Dave to take part in playing, inventory manipulation and severe making a bet, all in line with this trust. Complicating Dave's lifestyles additional is his strained courting along with his father, a lifelong compulsive gambler. The extra he interacts together with his father, the extra he realizes a chain of occasions from his youth aid the speculation that he's strangely fortunate. What transpires is a sequence of utmost assessments of success, orchestrated via the very mysterious Mr. Thorrin. The extra Dave denies that he's fortunate, the extra he reveals himself in occasions that make it seem that he's. because the stakes upward thrust either financially and in my opinion, Dave is left to come to a decision no matter if his run of excellent fortune is a present or a curse.

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In the classic Frankfurt School, as well as in Habermas, the motif of ' substance as su bj e c t ' involves the traditional notion of disalienation: ' repression ' design ate s th e subject s self-alienation, and by acc o mpl i s h ing the gesture of disalienation the su bj e ct recognizes in the alienated substance, in th is false appearance of a foreign p owe r the reified result of his own activity. In short, substance becomes subject when the subj ec t approp riates the alienated substantial content.

A be tter example of absolute necessity than this unfortunate Marxist reference is Marx's case of the capitalist system as a totality: the capitalist system is an ' absolute necessity' in so far as it reproduc es itself, its notional structure, through a set of external, contingent circumstances. These contingent circumstan c es exhibit the structure of real nec essi ty broadly corresponding to what we usually conceive of as mechanical necessity - that is, a necessity in which the causal chain is linear, runnin g from the circumstances or conditions of a th i ng to the thing itself as the necessary effe ct of these same circumstances or conditions.

9 This Lacanian concept of the subject as $, correlative to a, also elucidates Adorno's foreboding of a subject paradoxically concomitant to a 'preponderance of the object' - this object can only be the objet petit a. 33 M E T A S T A S E S O F E NJ O Y M E N T Between Substance and Subject th e light of this Lacanian concept of th e s ubj ect, are we to c ompreh e nd H egel s p ro po si tion on substance as subject? In the classic Frankfurt School, as well as in Habermas, the motif of ' substance as su bj e c t ' involves the traditional notion of disalienation: ' repression ' design ate s th e subject s self-alienation, and by acc o mpl i s h ing the gesture of disalienation the su bj e ct recognizes in the alienated substance, in th is false appearance of a foreign p owe r the reified result of his own activity.

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