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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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Desiring the Thing

Desiring the Thing

The Ethics of Psychoanalysis

(p.51) 3 Desiring the Thing
Interstices of the Sublime

Clayton Crockett

Fordham University Press

This chapter opens up the question of the ethics of psychoanalysis by considering the desire for the Thing discussed by Lacan in his Seminar VII. The desire for the Thing is beyond good and evil in a conventional moral sense. Moreover, it also indicates a powerful desire for what Lacan calls the Real. Sublimation is important because people cannot approach the Real in itself. More than being, people want God to be good, but psychoanalysis suggests that this is not a simple want, and theology's God may be more subtle and ambivalent than many are prepared to admit.

Keywords:   desire, thing, Seminar VII, Lacan, real, sublimation, God, ethics, psychoanalysis, theology

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