Book launch of 'Incompatible ballerina' by Charles Johns
How might it be that neurosis is not strictly a psychological phenomenon but rather an ontological category? Further, how does neurosis positively generate and create as it simultaneously devours and destroys? This book attempts to convey how neuroses are involved with the creative process, how beings assimilate each other but also assimilate novelties within the creative process, and how creative processes of thought are generated if not indeed forced open by multiple horizons of being within neuroses. A book covering an astonishing range of ground, its thesis should prove interesting for those interested in contemporary metaphysical philosophy as influenced by Nietzsche, Deleuze, Schopenhauer, Freud, Hegel, Schelling, or Heidegger. One must read this book for her or himself if only to grasp the astonishing breadth of concepts and ideas that an ontological reading of neurosis might take. This is a book that certainly breaks new ground for all of literature, psychology and psychoanalysis, and philosophy. Its thesis about neuroses is both novel and interesting.
This is a compelling entry into the field of philosophical literature that marks out Charles Johns as an exciting, innovative and perspicacious thinker. Part novel, part essay and part treatise, this work is replete with fecund analysis and aporetic insight that moves smoothly and eruditely through the landmarks of post-Enlightenment European philosophy.
Comprised of four essays, the book ruminates on the plight of the self in the contemporary age and its ‘neurotic impulse’ to philosophise and to make explicit its vertiginous relation to itself, other people and the material world. Informed by a literary Nietzschean perspective, Johns grounds the self in its very groundlessness, that is, its solemn foundation in nothingness and nihilation. Drawing upon a wealth of thinkers such as Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Bataille and Derrida, this book plots a via regia through some of the perennial antinomies (mind / body, reason / emotion, form /substance) that beset the modern philosopher.
The book is written in a fluid prose that intertwines philosophical, autobiographical and literary voices in an overarching narrative that spans the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis and art theory. '
Charlie Johns's four essays is an interesting book. In fact, as Johns says, it is a book of “fireworks”. Throughout these essays, we learn what Johns is opposed to; the first explosion against the madness of contemporary life. Then – second explosion – we learn the diagnosis of this madness that he calls “vertigo”. Then finally, the whole book is an “explosion of thinking”. Indeed, Johns's debut book is not only interesting... it is an intensification of thinking.