Expressing the Real

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

Expressing the Real

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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

Chapter.  6756 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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