Interrogating the Real by Butler, Rex; Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich; Lacan, Jacques;

By Butler, Rex; Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich; Lacan, Jacques; Stephens, Scott

Slavoj Žižek is without doubt one of the world's prime cultural commentators: a prolific author and philosopher, whose vividly adventurous, unorthodox and wide-ranging writings have gained him a special position as essentially the most excessive profile thinkers of our time. overlaying psychoanalysis, philosophy and pop culture and drawing on a heady mixture of Marxist politics, Hegelian dialectics and Lacanian psychoanalysis, the writings amassed in Interrogating the genuine reflect not just the amazing quantity of Žižek's different pursuits, but additionally exhibit his debatable and dynamic style.

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SŽ Few, but some have done so, often for personal reasons prior to becoming Lacanians. ÉL What was your last colloquium? SŽ It was a gathering on the topic of feminism in March 1986. In Slovenia, feminism represents a very strong tendency that some want to oppose to Lacan by resorting to the text of Luce Irigaray. We have succeeded in amply developing, patiently, a number of examples, derived from Otto Weininger’s commentary, Sex and Character,4 whose anti-feminist and anti-Semitic theories have played a decisive role in Slovenia and throughout Europe between the two world wars.

The symbolic order is rejected by the libidinal order, which includes 16 Interrogating the Real the whole of the domain of the imaginary, including the structure of the ego. And the death instinct is only the mask of the symbolic order . 12 To put it another way, ‘death drive’ designates the ahistorical possibility implied, exposed by the process of symbolization/historicization: the possibility of its radical effacement. The Freudian concept which best designates this act of annihilation is das Ungeschehenmachen, ‘in which one action is cancelled out by a second, so that it is as though neither action had taken place’,13 or more simply, retroactive cancellation.

But what is the reason, the ‘drive [mobile]’ behind this repetition? ’14 It seems, however, that Assoun interprets this conjunction in too ‘mechanistic’ a manner: as if it operates simply – by virtue of the event repeating itself – in being made up of ‘two instances of the same general law’,15 which would attempt to convince ‘popular opinion’ of its necessity. At bottom, Assoun’s interpretation is that the end of the Republic and the advent of imperial power was an objective necessity that asserted itself by its repetition.

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