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Introduction to Reading
Jacques Lacan's Seminar on Anxiety
J
ACQUES-ALAIN
MILLER

Anxiety
A
LAIN BADIOU

The Empty Subject:
Un-Triggered Psychoses
M
ASSIMO RECALCATI

Anxiety:
Kierkegaard with Lacan
S
LAVOJ ZIZEK

The De-Sublimated Object
of Post-Ideology
S
LAVOJ ZIZEK

Dressed in Shadows:
Sarah Lucas and Alenka Zupancic
D
AVID EBONY

Inez van Lamsweerde
Vinoodh Matadin
C
ATHY LEBOWITZ
interviews
JOSEFINA AYERZA
























        

Lacan. Seminar, Book X: Anxiety [excerpt]






Alain Badiou

translated by Barbara P. Fulks

We see one of the summits of classical Lacanian art in Anxiety, the tenth seminar, of which Jacques-Alain Miller has just given us a singularly transparent transcription. One should not thus be surprised that one of its motifs is that of Pascalian simplicity. One could even say that in this seminar Lacan dedicates his speech to it, to simplicity: "There is no teaching which does not refer to what I would call an ideal of simplicity."

[...]

And anxiety, signified canonically as affect, is no less at the service of this Enlightenment. Enlightenment co-present with that untranslatable appearance, Freud's famous unheimlich-more "inhabited" than "unhabitual," Lacan comments-that "strangeness" (étrangeté), that impossible-to-say, which emerges in the world and attests, according to the affect of anxiety, to a sort of incorruptibility of the real. In such a way that "the veritable substance of anxiety is the what does not deceive, the outside of doubt."

[...]

Art: Noritoshi Hirakawa
A leaf in the air - silver gelatin print, 2002
courtesy of the artist.

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