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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

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

Clayton Crockett

Fordham University Press

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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