originary position

originary position

the originary scene, the birth of the first sign (according to E. Gans, Originary Thinking, 1993), whose theory of GENERATIVE ANTHROPOLOGY speculates about the nature of human evolution, that is, the projection of the original abortive gesture of appropriation towards the level of symbolic representation. Also see: GIRARD, MIMETIC DESIRE.
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