A documentary on Jacques Lacan…

28 09 2010

…can be viewed here (in French originally, dubbed into Spanish).



7 responses

1 09 2012
Bob le Chef

Zizek is a fraud. The whole post-modern pseudo-intellectual parade is nothing but a fraud and a denial of reason as a means of knowing the real (I suspect they fail to distinguish between reason and rationalizing, although oddly enough they are doing something with their minds, whether it’s reason I know not, but then what value could it have). So pointing to priests who abdicate their intellects in favor of feeling “in touch” with in-fashion academic fads is not a way of garnering respect from those who are serious intellectuals. That being said, I agree that Catholicism has played a role in shaping many minds, even those who later became estranged with the Church. Goedel is one of many that Jaki claims worked from a position of childhood Catholic formation. It is said that Freud had an almost bipolar love-hate relationship with Catholicism. Many of us know his condemnations of religion and particular Catholicism, but few of us know the struggle he had with Catholicism, finding in it something which resonated with the deepest parts of his being. He was insane, to be sure. I can’t believe his psychoanalytic thought, what amounts to academic gnosticism, made such inroads into a group of people you would expect to make full use of their intellects. Yet another proof at the persistent failure of academia to live up to its mission.

29 09 2010
Arturo Vasquez

Haven’t read Marion. I tried, but to tell the truth, when I tell people I am interested in Neoplatonism, they assume that I am totally into Augustine and Pseudo-Dionysius just because I’m Catholic. To tell the truth, I find both a bit of a bore, more Augustine than Dionysius. So people like Marion are not high up on my totem pole in terms of people I want to read.

29 09 2010

I think in general the church follows the trends of the “secular academy” to a large extent. Heidegger himself, even though he abandoned the ‘metaphysical system of Catholicism,’ came to influence it especially through Karl Rahner. Marxism came to influence the church through liberation theology, etc. Even the Catholic Bishop’s conference of Slovenia recommended some of Zizek’s writings in homiletic aides for priests. (Zizek compared this to asking a pervert about how to educate young girls. )

Even the re-appraisal of traditional liturgy and religious practice, at least in academic circles, is linked with certain trends in continental religious thought(I’m thinking especially of the focus on the ‘aesthetic’ dimension of faith), hence you have someone like John Milbank claiming that Ratzinger is to a large extent postmodern because of his notion of the development of dogma.

Have you read Marion? I’m curious as to what you would think about him, he also considers himself a neo-platonist of sorts.

28 09 2010
Arturo Vasquez

It kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it? (I would have to throw in Hadot’s name, who left the priesthood in the early 1950’s). Many of the people conservative Catholic intellectuals now polemicize against all had better Catholic formations than the new Young Turks of today. They were formed when every well-educated Catholic could read Latin and Greek, knew the rubrics of the Latin Mass like second nature, and were surrounded by a culture that was Catholic by default. And here they are trying to rebuild with a culture based on rock ‘n roll and hip hop, talk radio, and the sound bite. What is the result? Just look at the Catholicism found on the religious Internet. Not very edifying.

The nagging suspicion that I have about a “conservative” revival in the Church is the same phenomenon that Marx spoke of in the 18th Brumaire:

“Hegel remarks somewhere that all facts and personages of great importance in world history occur, as it were, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.”

One wonders what the farce will look like when people try to return to roots that their fathers yanked so violently out of the ground.

28 09 2010
Arturo Vasquez
28 09 2010
vítor oliveira jorge

I can not see any video, just a picture.
Can you please give me the precise link to the video? Thank you.
Vítor O. Jorge
University of Porto

28 09 2010

I’ve always found it so interesting that Lacan’s brother was a Benedictine Monk and that he even attended his ordination to the priesthood. Come to think of it, many key postmodern thinkers had devout Catholic beginnings. Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Merleau-Ponty, and Foucault come to mind. Foucault even wrote about how much he enjoyed being an altar boy because of the way he got to dress up.

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