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Marc August De Kesel
University of Ottawa
  1. Eros and Ethics: Reading Jacques Lacan's Seminar Vii.Marc De Kesel - 2009 - State University of New York Press.
    A comprehensive examination of Lacan’s seminar on ethics.
     
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  2. Misers or Lovers? How a Reflection on Christian Mysticism Caused a Shift in Jacques Lacan’s Object Theory.Marc De Kesel - 2013 - Continental Philosophy Review 46 (2):189-208.
    In his sixth seminar, Desire and Its Interpretation (1956–1957), Lacan patiently elaborates his theory of the ‘phantasm’ ($◊a), in which the object of desire (object small a) is ascribed a constitutive role in the architecture of the libidinal subject. In that seminar, Lacan shows his fascination for an aphorism of the twentieth century Christian mystic Simone Weil in her assertion: “to ascertain exactly what the miser whose treasure was stolen lost: thus we would learn much.” This is why, in his (...)
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    A Small, Additonal, Added- on Life Speaking. Remarks on the Vitalism in Giorgio Agamben's Critical Theory.Marc de Kesel - 2009 - Filozofski Vestnik 30 (2).
    Agamben’s thought gives us an interesting set of tools and references to critically analyse the logic of sovereignty haunting even the best intentions of Western biopolitics. As an alternative to the inherently disastrous logic of inclusive exclusion, he puts forward a strong vitalist, ontological way of thinking. This paper is an enquiry into whether that alternative is really valid. As far as his publications allow , the answer to this question must be negative. A careful reading of the passages on (...)
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  4. Act Without Denial: Slavoj Žižek on Totalitarianism, Revolution and Political Act.Marc De Kesel - 2004 - Studies in East European Thought 56 (4):299-334.
    iek's thinking departs from the Lacanian claim that we live in a symbolic order, not a real world, and that the Real is what we desire, but can never know or grasp. There is a fundamental virtuality of reality that points to the lie in every truth-claim, and there are two ways of dealing with this:repression and denial. An ideology, a system or a regime becomes totalitarian when it denies the virtual character of both its world and its subject (democracy (...)
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    Holy Crisis. On the Problem That Espouses Modern Art to Modern Spirituality.Marc De Kesel - 2020 - Perichoresis 18 (3):47-61.
    Visual art owes its modernity from the crisis it fell into in the midst of the nineteenth century. Courbet’s call for realism questioned the foundation of the art of his time. The incapacity of the series of ‘-isms’ that followed to answer Courbet’s call, pointed to a crisis not only in art, but in the then emerging non-artistic visual culture in general. In fact, Courbet’s call questioned the image paradigm that was in force since the Renaissance: the one of ‘representation’. (...)
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  6. Goden Breken, Essays Over Monotheïsme.Marc de Kesel - 2011 - de Uil Van Minerva 24.
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  7. Truth as Formal Catholicism on Alain Badiou, Saint Paul: La Fondation de L'Universalisme.Marc De Kesel - 2004 - Communication and Cognition. Monographies 37 (3-4):167-197.
    Alain Badiou’s philosophy is an attempt to re-establish truth in modern thought. The main – and indeed sole – criterion for truth is universality, he argues in all of his works, including the one on Saint Paul on which this essay focuses. In this book, Badiou argues that most of Saint Paul’s doctrinal topics can be related to the main concerns of his own thought. Thus Paul’s belief in Christ’s resurrection illustrates his own theory of the ‘event’; Paul’s characterization of (...)
     
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    Selfless Love: Pur Amour in Fénelon and Malebranche.Marc De Kesel - 2017 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 78 (1-2):75-90.
    ABSTRACTIn the seventeenth century, when the modern Self emerged in the shape of a self-assured Cartesian cogito, a radically opposite movement of ‘emptying’ or ‘deconstructing’ that Self took place. The religious subject, having become modern, understood its ultimate aim as becoming selfless. The battlefield on which the new subject fought the fight with its own modern condition was the issue of ‘love’. ‘What is the status of his Self when it is involved in the act of love?’ was the central (...)
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    A Sleepless Dream.Marc De Kesel - 2017 - ThéoRèmes 10 (1).
    Religion plays a crucial role in the critical dimension of Pasolini’s movies. Yet the religion performed there is a thoroughly ‘pagan’ religion, a religion that is itself not critical at all. The question to be raised is why Pasolini does not refer to the ‘monotheistic’ kind of religion, which is critical – and even religion critical – in its core. The article tries to develop an answer to that question by means of patient and profound reflection upon Pasolini’s definition of (...)
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    Sublimatie en perversie: Genese en belang Van een conceptueel onderscheid bij lacan.Marc De Kesel - 2003 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 65 (3):465-485.
    Psychoanalytical theory's main axiom tells that drive does not function in a 'natural', but in a distorted and 'perverted' way. Drive's most basic purpose is not the organism's self-preservation, but its 'pleasure' . That is why life, being natural and biological, is not lived naturally and biologically: the organism takes a'polymorph perverse' distance towards its natural, biological functioning and, in that very distance, 'enjoins' it. On the most fundamental level, it lives from that very 'pleasure'. Lacan's theory of desire is (...)
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    The Documentary Real and the Shoah.Marc De Kesel - 2018 - Foundations of Science 23 (2):245-254.
    Without the support of imagination, one would not have the slightest idea of the cruel ‘real’ that has occurred in the Nazi extermination camps. Yet, in documentaries imaging the events of the Shoah, one runs the risk of missing their most basic property, namely their unimaginability. The mere idea that one is able to imagine the unimaginable comes down to a denial of the Shoah’s status as an event that defies our understanding. The unimaginable ‘real’ of the Shoah, however, is (...)
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    The Time of Truth: Reflections on Alain Badiou's Reading of Saint Paul.Marc de Kesel - 2009 - Bijdragen 70 (2):207-235.
    Alain Badiou’s philosophy is an attempt to re-establish truth in modern thought. The main – and indeed sole – criterion for truth is universality, he argues in all of his works, including the one on Saint Paul on which this essay focuses. In this book, Badiou argues that most of Saint Paul’s doctrinal topics can be related to the main concerns of his own thought. Thus Paul’s belief in Christ’s resurrection illustrates his own theory of the ‘event’; Paul’s characterization of (...)
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  13. Agora.Marc De Kesel - unknown - Wijsgerig Perspectief 50 (4).
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  14. Casanova's Cikels. Over Cultuurkritiek En Religie.Marc De Kesel - 1998 - de Uil Van Minerva 15.
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  15. COMMENTAREN-Cliteurs monotheïsme.Marc De Kesel - 2011 - Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 103 (2):152.
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  16. Democratie als cultus.Marc De Kesel - 2011 - Wijsgerig Perspectief 51 (4).
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  17. Eros & Ethiek. Een Lectuur van Jacques Lacans 'Séminaire VII'.Marc De Kesel - 2003 - de Uil Van Minerva 19:193-194.
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  18. Oświęcim.Marc De Kesel - 1996 - de Uil Van Minerva 12.
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  19. ‘Religieus Denken’.Marc De Kesel - 2006 - de Uil Van Minerva 21:97-108.
  20. Shooting the Unimaginable : On the Reception Of Four Shoah Photographs.Marc de Kesel - 2010 - In James R. Watson (ed.), Metacide: In the Pursuit of Excellence. Rodopi.
     
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  21. Truth as Formal Catholicism - On Alain Badiou, Saint Paul: La Fondation de L'Universalisme.Marc de Kesel - 2007 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 1 (2).
    Alain Badiou’s philosophy is an attempt to re-establish truth in modern thought. The main – and indeed sole – criterion for truth is universality, he argues in all of his works, including the one on Saint Paul on which this essay focuses. In this book, Badiou argues that most of Saint Paul’s doctrinal topics can be related to the main concerns of his own thought. Thus Paul’s belief in Christ’s resurrection illustrates his own theory of the ‘event’; Paul’s characterization of (...)
     
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  22. Tweemaal Voorbij Hegel.Marc De Kesel - 2000 - de Uil Van Minerva 16.
     
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  23. Wij modernen. Essays over subject en moderniteit.Marc De Kesel - 2001 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 63 (1):190-192.
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