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  • wsindarius
    Mary, Great citations. The first few seem to address our topic beautifully. That later ones are more in keeping with the Lacanian reading. Wil ... From: Mary
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      Mary,

      Great citations. The first few seem to address our topic beautifully. That later ones are more in keeping with the Lacanian reading.

      Wil







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      From: Mary <josephson45r@...>
      To: existlist <existlist@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sat, Mar 23, 2013 11:25 am
      Subject: [existlist] Serial certainty...





      This engagement with nothing leads me to recollect some provocative statements concerning appearance and nothing from Zizek's "Less Than Nothing" (Verso, 2012).

      ...the task is not to denounce them [appearing things] as "merely illusory appearances"...but that of discerning the conditions of possibility of this appearing of things, of their "transcendental genesis": what does such an appearing suppose, what must always-already have taken place for things to appear to us the way they do? (p.9)

      ...how can appearance emerge in reality?...Insofar as the gap between essence and appearance is inherent to appearance, in other words, insofar as essence is nothing but appearance reflected into itself, appearance is appearance against the background of nothing—everything that appears ultimately appears out of nothing (or, to put it in terms of quantum physics, all entities arise out of the quantum vacillations of the void). Appearance is nothing in itself; it is just an illusory being, but this illusory being is the only being of essence... (p.37)

      ...The answer to "Why is there Something rather than Nothing" is thus that there IS only Nothing, and all processes take place "from Nothing through Nothing to Nothing." (p.38)

      ...beyond the veil of appearances, there is only what the subject puts there... (p.168)...
      [Zizek's ideas about subject-self) are also very interesting.]

      ...with regard to the tension between essence and appearance, the fact that essence has to appear not only means that essence generates or mediates its appearances, but that the difference between essence and appearance is internal to appearance: essence has to appear within the domain of appearances, as a hint that "appearances are not all" but are "merely appearances." (p..469)...

      I assume he's talking about phenomenal appearance, contrasting it with the Ideal Real which is not our everyday 'virtual' reality. If the ideal real is Nothing and appearance is our only reality, that makes sense to me.

      Mary









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