Truth and Eros: Foucault, Lacan and the Question of Ethics by John Rajchman

By John Rajchman

Fact and Eros: Foucault, Lacan and the query of ethics.: quantity three (Rouledge Library versions: Michel Foucault)

In this reissused paintings, first released in 1991, John Rajchman isolates the query of ethics within the paintings of Foucault and Lacan and explores its ramifications and implications for the current day. He demonstrates that the query of ethics was once right now the main tricky and the main intimate query for those authors, supplying a posh aspect of intersection among them. As such, he argues that it belongs to the good culture that's fascinated about the eagerness or eros of philosophy and of its "will to truth".

Truth and Eros indicates a fashion of interpreting Foucault and Lacan as philosophers who re-eroticised the task of suggestion in our time, opeing new and assorted areas for suggestion and motion - new forms of subjectivity.

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At bottom, one does not die becauseone becomessick; it is rather becauseone must die, that one falls ill. The imageof death"attackinglife" wasthusreplacedwith the image of a "pathologicallife," and deathwas imaginednot as macabre,but as morbid. ,,7 In this respect,the new medicine of Revolutionary France would haverediscovereda Baroqueexperienceof deathand eroticism which, Foucaultsays,he will discussin a subsequentwork. Lacan found this sameBaroquesensibility in the categoryof the 36 TRlTfH AND EROS morbid in the thought of Freud.

Thus at the start of his Seminar on Ethics,Lacanassertsthat analyticexperience,more than any before it, deepensour understandingof what the FrenchpsychiatristHesnard had called funivers morbide de La faute. " The originality of Freud is to have shown that our ethical sensibility hasits roots in this fact, andto haveimagineda new way of conceiving our relation to it. That was,at any rate,a centralclaim of Foucault'sThe Birth of the Clinic. ,,5 With whathe calls "the Clinic," Foucaultarguedthat modernmedicine brokefrom a previousholistic tradition, defining healthas the absence of diseasein the organsof a particularbody.

They are the eventsthat are "forgotten" in what we sayanddo, andin who we areand become. Our unconsciousis the memoryof what we have forgotten. It is this Freudianconceptionof eventsthat Lacanwantedto reintroduce into the ancientdiscussionof tucheor fortune. Eventsoccur too early, or their effects come too late, for us to be able to "assimilate"them in the portion of living that is governedby proairesis. Thus they remain en souffrance,recurring in symptomaticform. The problemof fortune is that things happento us which we can't regulate,and so we "forget" them and repeatthem in the disorderof our lives.

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