“our fellowman might serve..as an excuse for not doing our duty.

..By hiding..behind the image of his fellowman,..the..subject cannot escape the Real involved in the unconditional duty. ..Neither can [he] hide behind..duty and use..duty as..excuse for his actions.” – Alenka Zupancic


“[Kant] makes it possible..to assume a perverse attitude, to justify..actions by saying that they were imposed upon him by unconditional duty, to hide behind the moral law and present himself as the “mere instrument” of its will.” – Cogito And The Unconscious – Alenka Zupancic – [On how the duty to always tell the truth is a perversion of duty, because duty then can be seen as justifiably imposed from outside which would open the door to making ourselves instruments of others to justify our own actions. Making oneself an instrument of a big Other is for Lacanians the definition of perversion:] “According to Kant duty is only that which the subject makes his duty. The categorical imperative is not a “catechism of pure reason,” behind which we could hide the surplus enjoyment that we find in our acts. ..Kant takes the duty to tell the truth as a..duty that passed the test of the categorical imperative and could thus be written on the list of commandments.” – A.Zupancic

acting upon one’s desire/not compromising [one’s desire,] can no longer be grounded in any “pathological” interests or motivations, and thus … “following one’s desire” overlaps with “doing one’s duty. …
The opposition is thus not between the egotist search for pleasures and ethical care for others, but between … betrayal of … and … fidelity to the “law of desire” beyond the pleasure principle (which can assume the form of fidelity to a sexual Truth Event of love, the form of fidelity to an ethico-political Idea, the form of fidelity to one’s artistic or scientific engagement …)

s. zizek [on how one can egotistically follow one’s of sense of duty (duty to one’s own desire) and act ethically in this very strive]