Archive for the ‘Zupancic’ Category

/1/ – Hegel’s schoolroom Hegel has had more than a fistful of detractors (Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kierkegaard) and even his apparent supporters (Marx in particular) are heavily critical of both the major tenants and minor details of his philosophical system. It is well noted how Marx believed that Hegel was ‘standing on his head’ when it […]

“Love is when you give away something you don’t have to someone who doesn’t exist” – Jacques Lacan Alenka Zupancic’s “The Case of the Perforated Sheet” in the collection Sexuation opens with a depiction of the moment of love from Lacan’s Le Séminaire livre VIII: Le Transfert: “Lacan depicts what he calls the ‘metaphor of […]

In the very old (and ongoing) debate of free will versus determinism, Kant provided a simple but brilliant response – if asked “Free will or determinism?” Kant, in a comedic fashion, could answer “Yes please!” Kant’s argument is essentially that yes we are are trapped in a world of causes but at the same time […]

Last week PBS’s show American Experience ran an episode on the Donner Party. The Forlorn Hope, the fifteen who set out from the party trapped in the snow storm, as it is well known, eventually resorted to cannibalism. When they butchered the dead for eating, the survivors made sure to label the wrapped packages of […]