Foucault and Parapraxis

  • Tadej Troha
Keywords: Foucault, Freud, psychoanalysis, slip, discourse, politics


One of the unnoticed signs of a shift in contemporary political discourse is a specific turn in the status of the slip of the tongue, the parapraxis. If, until recently, a political slip functioned as a reproductive break in the discourse, then, today, the effect of a formal, signifying slip of the tongue is neutralized and consensually tolerated in advance, remaining in a certain sense unrecognised – but precisely the suspense of the slip brings about its objectification, which opens up the possibility of a different theory of the slip and the political parapraxis. This is precisely the point where the outer edges of Foucault’s and Freud’s discourses meet.


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Troha T. Foucault and Parapraxis. FV [Internet]. 2016Mar.8 [cited 2021Dec.2];30(3). Available from: