The Kantian Real is the noumenal Thing beyond phenomena. – SLAVOJ ZIZEK

The Hegelian Real is the gap itself between the phenomenal and the noumenal, the gap which sustains freedom. – SLAVOJ ZIZEK

(source: “Deleuze As Hegelian”)


Kafka was embracing the nothingness at the core of things, the void from which creativity springs. Kafka is Zizek’s prime example for working and writing despite the uncertainty at the heart of things. Kafka said, I must embrace the nothing. By this he did not mean suicide or self-harm, but the idea of doing nothing in order to be able to do anything at all. – ANDRE VANTINO

Zizek lives the same idea when he says that he lives purely in literature, that he only does what he likes. By this he takes away all the superego pressure and is able to endure the existential void of being alive. He then can live the drive as a death drive that is no longer a selfdestructive drive but one in tune with the Real, a drive no longer repressing the void of the Real. – ANDRE VANTINO

Something can be too realistic to endure, but what makes it Real is not that. What makes it real is its undeniability, its irreversibility, like the irreversibiility of an accident or of realising that one is exposed to a threat. In the same sense nature is real, because it can kill us if we don’t think ahead or respect its dangers. – ANDRE VANTINO

“We are used to the real.. ..The real exsists as a kind of “extimate” object at a point where subjects are objects—the gaze, the voice, the void, and so on, not masters of the word.” – THE PLEASURES OF DEATH – ELLIE RAGLAND

“the sinthome [is] the idiosyncratic jouissance of a particular subject. The identification with the symptom is in this respect not a Symbolic nor an Imaginary one, but a Real identification, functioning as a suppletion ..for the lack of the Other.” – Paul Verhaeghe