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The Locus of Judgement in Lacan's Ethics

Neill, Calum



This article seeks to redress an often elided aspect of Lacan’s treatment of ethics; the importance of judgement to the possibility of ethical action. Where writers like Žižek and Zupančič have presented the act as something akin to an asubjective miracle that imposes on the subject, this article will argue for an understanding that locates judgement and hence subjective reflection as crucial to Lacan’s ethical project. Placing the act in the context of the emergence of subjectivity, the article shows how judgement can be seen to be already evident in Lacan’s appropriation of Freud’s Wo Es war, soll Ich werden. This results in an understanding of ethics that always already entails responsibility for the judgement one would make in assuming one’s position of subjectivity.


Neill, C. (2005). The Locus of Judgement in Lacan's Ethics. Journal for Lacanian studies, 3, 85-100

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2005-11
Deposit Date Jun 5, 2009
Publicly Available Date Jun 5, 2009
Print ISSN 1477-3635
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Pages 85-100
Keywords Ethics; Lacan; Judgement; Responsibility; Moral philosophy; Freud's "Wo es war, soll Ich werden"; Subjectivity; Action;
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