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While Not Having the Last Word …

Neill, Calum



Carol Owens


This chapter traces the final session of Lacan’s Seminar VII where he draws many of the key strands of the seminar together as close as he can to a conclusion. The insights of the seminar are, however, such that the very thinking through of ethics that Lacan has performed itself precludes the idea of a conclusion. This non-conclusive conclusion then allows us to grasp the open ethics Lacan is advocating, one which avoids both the Charybdis of a prescriptive morality and the Scylla of an anything goes approach and instead places desire, as a compass, at the heart of ethics.

Acceptance Date Mar 15, 2023
Online Publication Date Oct 4, 2023
Publication Date 2024
Deposit Date Apr 26, 2023
Publisher Routledge
Pages 166-179
Series Title Studying Lacan's Seminars
Book Title Studying Lacan’s Seminar VII: The Ethics of Psychoanalysis
Chapter Number 8
ISBN 9781032586038, 9780367420338
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