Subjectal Loss in Lacoue-Labarthe

John Martis

in Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225347
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235490 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Subjectal Loss in Lacoue-Labarthe

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“Hyperbological” subjectal loss, in the absence of the further reflection entailed by hyperbology, does not elicit “duality” or “doubling” of subjectal representation. In fact, hyperbolical movement and representational doubling present as symmetrical opposites rather than as equivalents. The hyperbolical ostensibly refers to subjectal loss of the subject through an “excess of representation”. The thought of the hyperbological locates the latter in the former. Within the hyperbolical, the hyperbological identifies pairings of opposed representations of the subject, and the transit between these. What is represented, and its opposite, become present simultaneously as alternative subjects. That is, the hyperbolic ceases to be simple excess and becomes excess theorized in a particular way. Even if the subject has never been, its loss is ceaselessly with people and is endlessly in motion, since it is never complete.

Keywords: subjectal loss; hyperbology; hyperbolical movement; representation; representational doubling

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