Desiring the Thing

Clayton Crockett

in Interstices of the Sublime

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227211
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235308 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Desiring the Thing

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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

Chapter.  6628 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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