The term “unconcept” captures the strange logic of the uncanny, as being “marked by the unconscious that does not know negation of contradiction … denying something at the same time conjures it up”. This duplicity inherent in the term mirrors the instability of the uncanny, as it slides between appearance and disappearance, coherence and incoherence. At all times, the uncanny is a concept that resists understanding and conceptualization. Above all, it announces a “nonthinking” whereupon “every successful conceptualization of the uncanny is doubled and also determined by failing conceptualizations”.
Dylan Trigg reviews Anneleen Masschelein‘s The Unconcept.