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Interstices of the SublimeTheology and Psychoanalytic Theory$
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Clayton Crockett

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227211

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227211.001.0001

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Expressing the Real

Expressing the Real

Lacan and the Limits of Language

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(p.148) 9 Expressing the Real
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Interstices of the Sublime
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Clayton Crockett

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823227211.003.0010

This chapter discusses the problem of the Real as expressed at the limits of language and possibly captured by a quasi-mathematical formalization in Lacan's later work, and these ideas are in turn related to a story by Herman Melville: Benito Cereno. Expressing the Real beyond the limits of language is a Platonic method of approaching the Real. A contemporary expression is Alain Badiou's mathematical ontology, which is strongly influenced by Lacan. In addition, it provides distinct perspectives in Lacan's interpretation of the Real in Seminar XX.

Keywords:   real, language, quasi-mathematical formalization, Lacan, Herman Melville, Benito Cereno, Platonic method, Alain Badiou, mathematical ontology, Seminar XX

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