The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

September 22, 2016

The Ineffable, Joke, Sublimation - Maria Damon, Alan Sondheim (M.D.) (M.D., A.S.) (A.S.)

I understand that sublimation is the process of repressing the
"baser" instincts i.e. the libido in favor of structure and
cultural production of some kind, but it also seems as if the
same processes and products are in play in the attempt to reach
the highest point of metaphysical ineffability and failing; the
music, art, high-level philosophical/mathematical thinking that
results is the by-product of aiming *beyond* the point of
articulability rather than having its origins in the realm
*below* it. Of course these are the two sides of the same coin
of, say, addiction.

- Maria Damon

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