Presented by Slavoj Žižek
We will tackle straight on the old metaphysical topic: is it possible for us, finite and mortal humans, to achieve some kind of contact with the Absolute? After a brief overview of the traditional and modern answers (ecstatic religious union with the Absolute, immersion into the primordial Void, identification with the destructiveness of nature, intellectual intuition, transcendental-historical reflection, etc.), we will propose the Lacanian answer: sexuality is our primordial brush with the Absolute – sexuality as our basic experience of failure, of impossibility. This becomes palpably clear in our historical moment when this status of sexuality is under threat. In deploying this thesis, we will pass through many particular topic: Beckett’s art of abstraction; neurotheology; sexbots; fake news; quantum physics; posthumanity.
1- Modalities of the Absolute
2- Sex as our brush with the Absolute
3- Beckett’s art of Abstraction
4- Figures of Post-Humanity
Slavoj Žižek, INCONTINENCE OF THE VOID, Cambridge: MIT Press 2017, chapters 1,2,4.
Samuel Beckett, CATASTROPHE (available online)