Responsibility to the Other

The StruggleThe superego appears to police one’s identity in the socio-symbolic world. The Other that invades the subject's jouissance is filled with too much pressure, but, importantly, it is this pressure that has already been processed as a superego demand. The superego already organizes these relations as impossible; it shuts the door by preventing psychic …

Das Ding and the Impossible Good of the Subject

The injunction to “love thy neighbor as thyself” is a tall order for almost anyone, and one that is problematized by the advent of psychoanalytic discoveries of lack, the crisis of symbolic investiture, and the very constitution of the subject. In contrasting Santner with Žižek, their distinct ethical positions become more apparent, and the rich …

Instituting Lack and Traversing Fantasy in the New Discourse on Tolerance

Tolerating the other from a Lacanian view brings up a number of normative implications for the "act" of the cross cultural exchange, to how we institutionalize projects of dialogue that aim at understanding the other. Through applying key Lacanian concepts: point de caption, Name of the Father, and signification, I will propose a Lacanain intervention …

The Object of Proximity Part 1

“The more universal our ethics are, the more brutal our ethical exclusion is.” The University Discourse and the Biopolitical Split“The story we are telling about ourselves is a fundamental lie.” This elusive and deceiving Lacanian truth can be summed up in Lacanese as, “the signifier is that which represents the subject for another signifier.” Since …