Risking the Impossible

Glyn Daly

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The Zizekian paradigm - if we can speak of it in those terms - draws its vitality from two main philosophical sources: German idealism and psychoanalysis. In both cases, Zizek's central concern is with a certain failure/excess in the order of being. In German idealism this aspect is made increasingly explicit through reference to what can be called an unaccountable "madness" that is inherent to, and constitutive of, cogito and subjectivity as such. For Kant this is the dimension of "diabolical Evil" while for Schelling and Hegel it is the "right of the self" and the "night of the world" respectively. The point is that, in each of these cases, there is an increasing emphasis on negativity as the fundamental (and ineradicable) background to all being.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-42
Number of pages16
JournalLacanian Ink
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2004


  • Zizek, Ideology, the Real, Impossibility, Ethics


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