What follows is my review and my chapter-by-chapter summary of Todd McGowan’s Emancipation After Hegel. …


Over the years, I’ve made five YouTube videos on Lacanian theory and I just wanted to share them on my blog. The first two focus on Lacan’s concepts of the mirror stage and the Oedipus complex. The last three, which are lengthy conversations I had with Theory Pleeb on their channel, deal with the three registers (Imaginary, Symbolic, Real), fundamental fantasy and death drive. Also, I’m currently working on a new blog post on Lacanian theory that will be posted soon. In the meantime, here are the links to the videos:


I’ve recently been thinking a lot about the difference between concepts and logic. What follows is merely a note I’ve written on this distinction. I plan on writing a far more detailed blog post on this in the future, but I’m currently writing my first book and do not have…


A friend of mine recently asked me to explain why Jacques Lacan placed objet petit a at the center of the Borromean knot. What follows is my attempt to give a basic answer to that question. I decided to go ahead and throw it up on the blog in the…


Hello. I’m Michael Downs and I’m the author of the Dangerous Maybe. I realize that I’ve never actually introduced myself to my readers and I thought it was high time I do so. Ever since I started this blog back in January of 2019, I’ve received a lot of support…


Many millennials are suffering from extreme loneliness. This was already the case prior to the onset of the pandemic, but coronavirus has made the problem even worse. All you have to do is Google “millennials loneliness” to see how much this is a thing. Lots of articles and YouTube videos…


In this post, I want to discuss Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic concept of the phallus. This concept, like many of his other ones, can be very difficult to understand and I want to try to make it as intelligible as possible. Due to its level of difficulty, it will take some…


We are living in hard times. Americans are currently facing down the coronavirus pandemic, police brutality, economic disaster and a fascistic president. It’s very understandable that many people are ready to give up. Some of them are even wrestling with suicidal thoughts. However, instead of brushing the topic of suicide…


What follows is the first essay I ever wrote. It’s an ontological examination of the nature of Jesus Christ, i.e., the Absolute Paradox or the God-Man. I wrote this over ten years ago and many of my philosophical and religious views have drastically changed since then. I’m not the same…


Coronavirus is in the air . . . but so is something else. Last night, like so many other Americans, I ventured out to the grocery store to pick up some provisions. All across the 50 states, people have been rushing out to stock up on food, water and toilet…

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