The Real: From Ancestrality to Actuality

  • Yuri Di Liberto
Part of the The Palgrave Lacan Series book series (PALS)


This chapter focuses on the philosophical Real vis-à-vis the Lacanian Real. It proposes a (weakly) transcendental framework to comprise the Real of Lacanian subjectivity within the anti-correlationist philosophy of Quentin Meillassoux. In doing so, I initially rely on a critique towards Meillassoux’ account of (modern) science and argue that it is with the Lacanian reactualization of Freudism that we are really able to get rid of any substantialist or unscientific view on subjectivity itself. That is, I try to demonstrate how psychoanalysis radicalizes the anti-correlationist stance of contemporary ontologies by placing the subject in between the (self)reproductive automaton of language and its Truth. This chapter thus pinpoints the image of Lacan as a realist qua materialist thinker. However, contra Meillassoux, the theoretical emerging picture is that of a holed-realism which is able to give an account of subjectivity as a vibratile place of incompleteness.


Meillassoux Lacan Realism Ontological fantasy Truth Knowledge Automaton Transcendental Retrodetermination Biology Incompleteness 


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  • Yuri Di Liberto
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  1. 1.University of CalabriaRendeItaly

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