overdetermination


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overdetermination

  1. for FREUD the process in which a ‘condensation’ of a number of complex thoughts gives rise to a single image (as in recurring dreams).
  2. by analogy with the above, the combined outcome of the multiple contradictions existing in the different areas of a 'social formation‘ at any given time, in which, according to Louis ALTHUSSER (1969), each contradiction is ‘inseparable from the total structure of the social body‘ and is both determined by and in turn also determines this total structure. The existence of such overdetermination is seen as accounting for such phenomena as UNEVEN DEVELOPMENT, since complex ‘overdeterminations‘ mean that no social formation develops simply
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Often raised against dualists also, this problem is well known and is essentially one of apparent overdetermination.
According to van Leeuwen (2008), here, the feature of overdetermination applies to 'white man': It is both realistic and symbolic.
He was suspicious of apocalyptic discourses, he was aware of historical overdetermination, yet he gave way to imagining the ultimate extinction and the Earth's silent return to its mineral essence.
More specifically, in certain circumstances interpretive excess is seen as part of the pragmatic overdetermination necessary for human communication.
This entropic polyvalence accommodates contradiction, overdetermination, irony: It accommodates the Blackness of Ramses II (pointed to by Afrocentrists as Black, though he lived long before Blackness had been invented) and the Blackness of Beethoven (whom Hitler lauded as a paragon of Aryan excellence, little imagining Beethoven's Black ancestry); it puts these contradictory forms of Blackness into proximity and ironic relation, and reveals new connections between the discourses of Afrocentrism and enlightenment.
This overdetermination is important to underline because it is an essential component of the transvestic mode.
Bleicher, Experimental investigation of overdetermination in machine tools linear guides, 32nd DAS symposium on advances in experimental mechanics, pp.
Downing also includes discussion of the murderers' own contribution to the overdetermination of their own public images through looking at the prose, poetry, art and autobiographical material left by them.
That overdetermination is what makes it possible to accept Naroditskaya's point about the provenance of all those rusalka operas even if we know that the Dnepr rusalki who inhabit Russian operas had swum over from the Danube, where they had been featured in Austrian Singspiel about Donauweibchen that Russian theatergoers knew very well--and even if we recall that women have been enticing and ruining clueless men in song and story ever since Adam and Eve.
It is important in the relatively new field of ICTD, with the inherent danger of technological overdetermination, that reflexivity is displayed and underlying development paradigms are clearly identified.
Such an acknowledgement of form as pattern of convergence would be central to any analytics that take the encounter with overdetermination seriously.
Although this hegemony arguably has been maintained to this date, there are signs of the undermining of this overdetermination.