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Principle

A fundamental, well-settled Rule of Law . A basic truth or undisputed legal doctrine; a given legal proposition that is clear and does not need to be proved.

A principle provides a foundation for the development of other laws and regulations.

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This freedom and modification of the reality principle can only exist in a general sense after the revolutionary transformation of reality.
"Beyond the Reality Principle." Sierra 78: 2 (March/April 1993): 58-62, 80.
Conversely, those characters who bemoan Hollywood's conflation of love and desire are actually motivated by competitive individualism that derives from the reality principle. Marlowe himself is caught up in the intersubjective network of Hollywood.
Dan Butler, as Stephen's exiting lover and the reality principle, was very good at conveying the sense of an implacable force; his performance was like a time-lapse movie of a glacier in action.
(1) In opposition to the queer perfomative principle, the book is based on the reality principle, mostly through its alignment with cultural materialism and socialist politics.
'Actually the substitution of the reality principle for the pleasure principle implies no deposing of the pleasure principle', Freud famously wrote, 'but only a safeguarding of it.
Whereas Kafka as creator claims that he keeps a much clearer head than the reader as he works through the description of death as a game, the ability to take up that authorial role in working through the narrative design transfers the same composure or control to the reader (indeed, gamer)--and although there exists emotional investment in the objectives, or even avatars, of the narrative, from a safe distance one can "enjoy dying in the character who is dying." The safe distance generated by the buffer between gamer and media is, essentially, a facsimile of the reality principle at work, the psychological interlocutor that modifies the pursuit of pleasure for the sake of self-preservation (btpp 278).
Coverage includes the importance of psychoanalysis for discussions of philosophical ethics, using texts from Freud's metapsychological theory; Lacan's seventh seminar, on the ethics of psychoanalysis, and Lacan's rethinking of Freud's reality principle; a discussion of psychoanalysis and deconstructive thinking, based on concepts from Lacan, Heidegger, Nancy, and Kierkegaard; and sexual difference and the ethics of duplicity.
Something really delirious is going on when Elizabeth Taylor becomes a reality principle.
Figuratively at least, the relation between mother and child is symbiotic, governed not by the reality principle or symbolic discourse but by the pleasure principle and maternal empathy ...
As mentioned earlier, she also examines utopian satires, which celebrate the bodily needs (the harmony between the "pleasure principle" and the "reality principle"), "gay science," and humor (Rabelais) and mock the prevailing social institutions, customs, and the European sense of superiority in regard to other cultures (de Bergerac, Voltaire, Swift).
Her stay in the garret in fact evokes Freud's depiction of the reality principle; that is, "the temporary toleration of unpleasure as a step on the long indirect road to pleasure" (Beyond 4).