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The Singularity of Being: Lacan and the Immortal Within

Mari Ruti


The Singularity of Being presents a Lacanian vision of what makes each of us an inimitable and irreplaceable creature. It argues that, unlike the “subject” (who comes into existence as a result of symbolic prohibition) or the “person” (who is aligned with the narcissistic conceits of the imaginary), the singular self emerges in response to a galvanizing directive arising from the real. This directive carries the force of an obligation that cannot be resisted and that summons the individual to a “character” beyond his or her social investments. Consequently, singularity expresses something abou ... More

Keywords: Lacan, singularity, distinctiveness, eccentricity, idiosyncrasy, rebelliousness, normative sociality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823243143
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823243143.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mari Ruti, author
University of Toronto