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The big Other has been satisfied

I have previously reasoned that since my defense, I effectively “had” my PhD, but I still wasn’t sure that my degree had fully registered in the symbolic order. Now all ambiguity has been dispelled by a public spectacle that included me receiving a diploma and a hood and shaking a lot of hands, a spectacle witnessed — one can assume — by the big Other.


May 17, 2009 - Posted by | academia


  1. Now you’ve always already had PhD.

    Comment by abb1 | May 17, 2009

  2. Congratulation Doc!

    Comment by Alex | May 17, 2009

  3. I have this feeling you’re not talking about God here.

    Comment by Rachel | May 17, 2009

  4. Well, I didn’t see it, and neither did billions of Chinese, so don’t let your guard down just yet.

    Comment by adamhenne | May 17, 2009

  5. Sadly, I missed the ceremony, but I have no doubt that you are officially a doctor, Dr. Kotsko.

    Comment by bitchphd | May 17, 2009

  6. Philosophiae doctor! A real doctor. None of this medicine crap.

    Comment by ben | May 17, 2009

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