How to Build Castles in the Air

Why the rhetoric of “intrinsic motivation” is not enough

Arthur Chiaravalli
Feb 24, 2018 · 5 min read

Hilda: My lovely, lovely castle. Our castle in the air!
Solness: On a firm foundation.

Today, we do not deem ourselves subjugated subjects, but rather projects: always refashioning and reinventing ourselves. A sense of freedom attends passing from the state of subject to that of project. All the same, this projection amounts to a form of compulsion and constraint — indeed, to a more efficient kind of subjectification and subjugation. As a project deeming itself free of external and alien limitations, the I is now subjugating itself to internal limitations and self-constraints, which are taking the form of compulsive achievement and optimization.

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