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Shelves: non-fiction , philorhetical-critical , psychology This is a real storm of a bookparts are incredibly lucid and other parts due to my lack of frame of reference, most likely a little congested. But I think that its clear enough what Zupancic wants to conveyan ethics whose foundation is in Kant and Lacan that goes beyond the aestheticism of the Beautiful Soul which is paralyzed by its fear of its own particularity, towards the act. That it is only through the act that we traverse the fantasy which, prior to the act, determined all that was This is a real storm of a book—parts are incredibly lucid and other parts due to my lack of frame of reference, most likely a little congested.

That it is only through the act that we traverse the fantasy which, prior to the act, determined all that was known to be possible. Towards the end of the book, she draws heavily on the Oedipus cycle to make her point—that the knowledge which does not know itself. At the heart of this is a specific configuration of Freedom which many readers might be unfamiliar with.

Rather than a random arbitrariness against law, freedom is the moment of our own actualization of ourselves in by? In other words, true freedom is the ability to act beyond insignificance towards that of the universal. Such an act would not be undergone in distinction from unfreedom, but would seek to establish the plane in which an analytic of freedom and unfreedom could exist.

It is only through this sort of freedom that the ethical subject can exist. The subject, therefore, is a break in the causal chain, but not so much a rupture as much as a new weave. With this in mind, it can be determined that for Zupancic there is a distinction of law from the ethical realm. It is an ethics which compels us to recon with the guilt resulting from the feeling that it was never good enough to resign ourselves to mere circumstance.

Ethics have nothing to do with following a pre-established set of rules. Ethics, properly speaking, is acting without regard towards prescribed inhibitions. Insofar as every subject posits the universal through action, and thus emerges from it. In other words, at the level of the structure of the ethical act, the difference between good and evil does not exist. At this level, evil is formally indistinguishable from good.

It has been maintained that the greatest evils are committed when actors feel as if they are God. According to Zupancic, the most evil occurs, rather, when agents act as blind instruments. Here, the presumption of the worth of what is right according to a set of rules or commandments and the commitment to duty which follows, is the highest and most banal of evil to evoke Arendt for a moment. To act as God is to act with a sense of responsibility. And this is the genius of this configuration—if we act as an instrument, we act with complete self-certainty.

If we act a God, however, we cannot rely on such certainty. In fact, to act in a properly ethical manner is a form of suicide insofar as the ethical act re-orients ourselves towards received knowledge. It is a suicide in which our sense of self dies—where all that gives our lives meaning and a sense of our own status becomes meaningless.

In acting in such a way, the subject makes the ultimate sacrifice; a suicide or sorts where the subject is alienated from itself, where their own world as they had known it becomes alien. The act ethically is to recognize the fundamental alienation and separating the subject from its pathology. The act of judgement where a work is not comprised of its postulation of agreement with universality but its requirement of agreement of others, thus reconstituting the universal.

I will admit greater trouble with the latter half of the book than with the beginning half. Until then.

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