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Ethics of the Real : Kant and Lacan - Alenka Zupancic

Ethics of the Real

Kant and Lacan

Paperback Published: 16th March 2000
ISBN: 9781859842188
Number Of Pages: 266

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The idea of Kantian ethics is both simple and revolutionary: it proposes a moral law independent of any notion of a pre-established Good or any 'human inclination' such as love, sympathy or fear. In attempting to interpret such a revolutionary proposition in a more 'humane' light, and to turn Kant into our contemporary-someone who can help us with our own ethical dilemmas-many Kantian scholars have glossed over its apparent paradoxes and impossible claims. This book is concerned with doing exactly the opposite. Kant, thank God, is not our contemporary; he stands against the grain of our times.

Lacan on the face of it appears the very antithesis of Kant-the wild theorist of psychoanalysis compared to the sober Enlightenment thinker. His concept of the Real, however, provides perhaps the most useful backdrop to this new interpretation of Kantian ethics. Constantly juxtaposing her readings of the two philosophers. Alenka Zupan?i? summons up an 'ethics of the Real', and clears the ground for a radical restoration of the disruptive element in ethics.

""If Zupancic's book does not become a classic work of reference, the only conclusion will be that our academia is caught in an obscure desire to self-destruct."" - Slavoj Zizek

Foreword: Why Is Kant Worth Fighting For?p. vii
Introductionp. 1
The (Moral-) Pathology of Everyday Lifep. 7
The Subject of Freedomp. 21
What freedom?p. 22
What subject?p. 25
The Liep. 43
Kant and 'the right to lie'p. 43
The Unconditionalp. 53
The Sadeian trapp. 58
From the Logic of Illusion to the Postulatesp. 64
The 'stormy ocean' of illusionp. 64
'Person also means mask'p. 68
The passage to the postulatesp. 75
Good and Evilp. 79
Fantasy within the limits of reason alonep. 79
The logic of suicidep. 82
Degrees of evilp. 86
Like angels, like devilsp. 90
The act as 'subjectivation without subject'p. 96
The Act and Evil in Literaturep. 106
The case of Valmontp. 107
The case of Don Juanp. 121
Between the Moral Law and the Superegop. 140
The quantum of affectp. 140
The sublime and the logic of the superegop. 149
The status of the lawp. 160
Ethics and Tragedy in Psychoanalysisp. 170
Some preliminary remarksp. 170
Oedipus, or the Outcast of the Signifierp. 175
The theft of desire--and the mother in exchangep. 175
The death of the Thingp. 187
What is a father?p. 192
What shall we do with Oedipus?p. 197
The hostage of the wordp. 200
Sygne, or the Enjoyment of the Remainderp. 211
Ethics and terrorp. 213
Enjoyment--my neighbourp. 221
The Real in ethicsp. 234
From pure desire to the drivep. 238
Thus ...p. 249
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9781859842188
ISBN-10: 1859842186
Series: Wo Es War
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 16th March 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.0  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1