“What Levinas, with all his celebration of Otherness, fails to take into account is not some underlying Sameness of all humans ….but radically ïnhuman” Otherness itself: the Otherness of a human being reduced to inhumanity” – SLAVOJ ZIZEK
“The elementary gesture of justice is not to show respect for the face in front of me, to be open to its depth, but to abstract from it and refocus onto the faceless Thirds in the background.
such a shift of focus […] uproots justice, liberating it from the contingent […] link that renders it “embedded” in a particular situation.
When Levinas endeavors to ground ethics in the Other’s face, is he not still clinging to the ultimate root of the ethical commitment afraid to accept the abyss of the rootless Law as the only foundation of ethics?” – Slavoj Zizek
In the shift from desire to drive, we pass from the lost object to loss
itself as an object. The weird movement called ‘drive’ is not driven by
the ‘impossible’ quest for the lost object but is a push to directly
enact the ‘loss’ – the gap, cut, distance itself. A double distinction
should be drawn. Not only between objet a in its fantasmatic and
post-fantasmatic status, but also, within this post-fantasmatic
domain itself, between the lost object-cause of desire and the object
loss of drive.
Slavoj Zizek, “Adieu Derrida”