Evacuated

The depressive experiences himself as walled off from the lifeworld, so that his own frozen inner life – or inner death – overwhelms everything; at the same time, he experiences himself as evacuated, totally denuded, a shell: there is nothing except the inside, but the inside is empty. For the depressive, the habits of the former lifeworld now seem to be, precisely, a mode of playacting, a series of pantomime gestures (‘ a circus complete with all fools’), which they are both no longer capable of performing and which they no longer wish to perform – there’s no point, everything is a sham. (Mark Fisher, Ghosts of My Life. KL 930)

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  1. If the lifeworld of phenomenology refers to the structures of the intersubjective experiential domain of the human subject and that experience is fundamentally a phenomenal delusion, it is possible to posit the depressive position (or the morbid vitality of the melancholic) as more realist(ic) than the typical structuring. This isn’t to repeat the depressive realist hypothesis but to suggest that the depressive has ‘seen through’ some of that delusion.

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