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History and the Real: Foucault with Lacan

Written by eastern writer on Friday, July 03, 2009

History and the Real: Foucault with Lacan

by Charles Shepherdson

Department of English
University of Missouri at Columbia
Postmodern Culture v.5 n.2 (January, 1995)

The entrance into world by beings is primal history [Urgeschichte] pure and simple. From this primal history a region of problems must be developed which we today are beginning to approach with greater clarity, the region of the mythic.
--Heidegger, The Metaphysical Foundations of Logic ^1^

The Oedipus myth is an attempt to give epic form to the operation of a structure.
--Lacan, Television ^2^

By the madness which interrupts it, a work of art opens a void, a moment of silence, a question without answer, provokes a breach without reconciliation where the world is forced to question itself.
--Foucault, Madness and Civilization ^3^

The historicity proper to philosophy is located and constituted in the transition, the dialogue between hyperbole and finite structure, between that which exceeds the totality and the closed totality, in the difference between history and historicity.
--Derrida, "Cogito and the History of Madness" ^4^

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