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    STUDIA PHILOSOPHIA - Issue no. 1 / 2020  
         
  Article:   LOVING THE PERFECT OTHER.

Authors:  GABRIEL LAZĂR.
 
       
         
  Abstract:  
DOI: 10.24193/subbphil.2020.1.07


Published Online: 2020-02-10
Published Print: 2020-04-30
pp. 85-94
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The article brings together a Charles Bronson ‘false’ western and Jacques Lacan’s ‘theory of the four discourses’ in order to illustrate the excessive symbolization of the hysteric jouissance, in its manifestation as a quest against satisfaction, a quest for the perfect Other. Employing Freud’s concepts of death drive and repetition compulsion, the hysteric position is further distinguished from both the obsessional subject and ‘non-hysteric’ woman, which has access to a non-phallic, supplementary jouissance. A thief that stole a widow’s heart is believed dead, and she uses his death to raise their short relation to a perfect, ideal level. When the thief returns, he is rejected, so that she can maintain the absolute, symbolic love for his dead-perfect alter ego.

Keywords: hysteric jouissance, Lacan, perfect love, theory of the four discourses, death drive.
 
         
     
         
         
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