Lacan Against Analogia Entis


I just finished up Encore today (Seminar XX) and wanted to post these quotes. I’m trying to write something on Lacan, jouissance, and the hatred of God tomorrow. I’m moving on towards Seminar XVII and some choice essays from Ecrits for the month of August.

“That being as such may provoke hatred cannot be ruled out. Certainly, Aristotle’s concern was, on the contrary, to conceive of being as that by which beings with less being participate in the highest of beings. And Saint Thomas succeeded in reintroducing that into the Christian tradition – which is not surprising given that, having spread among the Gentiles, the Christian tradition had necessarily been thoroughly shaped thereby, the upshot being that one had but to pull the strings for it to work again. But do people realize that everything in the Jewish tradition goes against that? The dividing line (coupure) there for does not run from the most perfect to the least perfect. The least perfect there is quite simply what it is, namely, radically imperfect, and one must but obey with finger and the eye, if I dare express myself thus, he who bares the name Jahve, and several other names to boot. The latter chose his people and one cannot go against that. Isn’t it revealed therein that it is far better to betray him occasionally than to “be-thrate” him (l’etre-haïr), the former being what the Jews obviously did not deprive themselves of doing. They couldn’t work it out (en sortir) any other way. On the subject of hatred, we’re so deadened (etouffes) that not on realizes that a hatred, a solid hatred, is addressed to being, to the very being of someone who is not necessarily God” (Seminar XX, 99).

“You know the crazy story, the one that arouses my delirious admiration? I roll on the floor laughing when I read Saint Thomas (Aquinas), because it’s awfully well put together. For Aristotle’s philosophy to have been reinjected by Saint Thomas into what one might call the Christian conscience, if that had any meaning, is something that cannot be explained by the fact that Christians – well, it’s the same with psychoanalysis – abhor what is revealed to them. And they are right” (Seminar XX, 114).


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