“Thus, this acknowledgment of the otherness of the other, which makes him the object of objective knowledge, involves the fundamental suspension of his claim to truth.” – “If I’m proud of knowing that in another culture if I belch after dinner it’s a compliment to the cook, right, and if I’m proud of knowing that without drawing any conclusions from it, that’s sort of the equivalent of historicism. It’s just a factoid for me. In other words, it’s not an effort to come to terms with anything. It’s not an effort to engage in dialogue. It’s just historicizing otherness in a way that somehow or another satisfies my quest for information. So it’s not just a question of the past, as I say and as I’ve said before. It’s a question of cultural conversation as well.” http://ift.tt/1soSLTD


“To “understand the Other” means to pacify it, to prevent the meeting with the Other from becoming a meeting with the Real that undermines our own position.” – We come across the Real…when we identify with the Real in the Other -…when we recognize…our own hindrance…, in the hindrance…because of which the Other failed. – S.Zizek, For They Know Not What They Do

“fantasy allows the subject to relate to the lost object as an object that is simply out of reach.” – “fantasy is an imaginary scenario that fills in the gaps within ideology. In other words, it serves as a way for the individual subject to imagine a path out of the dissatisfaction produced by the demands of social existence. ..Fantasy creates an opening to the impossible object and thereby allows the subject to glimpse an otherwise inaccessible enjoyment.” (The Real Gaze) – Todd McGowan