The Joker (explained?)

If you haven’t seen Todd Phillips’ The Joker (2019) you’ve probably heard something about it. Here’s a very brief synopsis (semi-spoiler alert): The film recounts the life of Arthur Fleck (played by Joaquin Phoenix), a comedian living in Gotham City, on the pathway to becoming the ultimate Batman villain—the Joker. Arthur is portrayed as a… Continue reading The Joker (explained?)

Lacan and his Animals

While Lacan's demeanor, and the general atmosphere in his seminars at the Sainte-Anne hospital, can be said to characterize a zoo, it is Lacan's explicit reference to animals that will be our main interest today. Being a loving dog owner himself (naming his beloved dog Justine after the eponymous sex slave of the Marquis de… Continue reading Lacan and his Animals

The Lacanian Real

One of Lacan's most intriguing conceptualisations is that of the "Real". Distinct from the "symbolic" and "imaginary" registers, the Real has been accompanying Lacan's teaching from the  very beginning - gaining centre stage in the later years of his seminars. But what is the Real? First of all, let us acknowledge that it is not… Continue reading The Lacanian Real