Ethics of the Real: Kant, Lacan

Ethics of the Real Kant Lacan 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 attem

  • Title: Ethics of the Real: Kant, Lacan
  • Author: Alenka Zupančič
  • ISBN: 9781859842188
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 humane light, and to turn Kant into our contemporary someone who can help us with our own ethical dilemmas 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 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.

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  • Alenka Zupančič

    Alenka Zupan i is a Slovenian philosopher whose work focuses on psychoanalysis and continental philosophy.Born in Ljubljana, Zupan i graduated at the University of Ljubljana in 1990 She is currently a full time researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and a visiting professor at the European Graduate School Zupan i belongs to the Ljubljana School of Psychoanalysis, which is known for its predominantly Lacanian foundations Her philosophy was strongly influenced by Slovenian Lacanian scholars, especially Mladen Dolar and Slavoj i ek.Zupan i has written on several topics including ethics, literature, comedy, love and other topics She is most renowned as a Nietzsche scholar, but Immanuel Kant, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Henri Bergson and Alain Badiou are also referenced in her work.

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  • One of the all time best books I've ever read. Severely underrated. Zizek said he was jealous of it. Best secondary text on Kant's 'Critique of Practical Reason' I've ever read. (Thierry de Deuve's 'Kant after Duchamp' is the best one I've seen on Kant's 'Critique of Judgement') and clearest and most thorough explanation of Lacan's important essay "Kant avec Sade," finally available in English many many years after it's French publication.(Bruce Fink's new complete, unabridged translation of Ecr [...]



  • Right on Kant, but only partially right on Lacan. Google Mark De Kesel's paper, "There Is No Ethics of the Real."


  • Het beste werk over Kant en Lacan en de ethiek van psychoanalyse dat ik ooit las. Zupancic slaagt erin om de overeenkomsten tussen Lacan en Kant glashelder te structureren. Fijnzinnig gekaderd in voorbeelden uit literatuur, zoals de onmisbare Sade, Don juan en meer. Duidelijk wordt dat ethiek, verlangen en zuivere doodsdrift quasi synoniemen zijn. Zupancic argumenteert meer dan overtuigend dat ethiek in de kern ligt van het excessieve, van de drift, en niet in het moralisme. Aanrader!


  • The notoriously difficult Zupančič (an unjustly earned reputation, if you ask me) offers a lucid and engaging reading of Kant in this text with the added bonus of some mediation through Lacan's formulations. Zupančič draws comparisons between the logical maneuverings of Kant and Lacan to make clear the content of Kant's ethics and eventually develop an ethical structure that contains drives in such a way that the notion of ethics does not become absurd or irrelevant. This ethics is beyond po [...]


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