Saturday, March 8, 2014

Cathexis and Prescission

For future reference (cf. John Deely, Descartes & Poinsot (2008), 32-34).

Cathexis (noun) kah-'thehk-sihss
Plural cathexes

1. Freudian use: the emotional investment of libidinal energies (Freud uses the phrase "libidnal cathexes" ("Two Artificial Groups: The Church and the Army" (1921)));

1a. Derivatively: the concentration of emotional energy on an object, idea, or person (cf. American Heritage Dictionary);

2. Semiotic use: the semiotic discrimination of a significate (an object of awareness) as desirable (+), undesirable (–), or safe to ignore (ø), producing "object-oriented affect" (Parsons and Shils, Toward a General Theory of Action (1951), 10), i.e. affects that form the foundations of relations terminating in objects evaluated according to the above division, which in the concrete order is given simultaneously with the cognition of the object but is analytically separable.

Cathect. Trans. v. [not entirely sure yet]
Cathection. Noun.
Cathectic. Adj.
Cathectically / Cathecticly. Adv.


Prescission (noun) pronunciation? [still unclear, but I suspect it is equivalent to "precision"]

1. Semiotic use: the act or process of prescissing, i.e. abstracting (in the sense of separating, demarcating, dissecting) an object into analytically distinct conceptions, usually for the sake of clarity of distinction (or, for establishing "precision") (cf. Peirce, "Issues of Pragmaticism," The Monist 15 (October 1905); Collected Papers of Charles Sanders Peirce 5.449).

Prescind. Trans. v.
Presciss. Noun.
Prescissive. Adj.
Prescissively. Adv.

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