The End of Semblance

Larval Subjects .

walking-towards-the-abyss-larry-butterworthIn Lacanian Affect, Collette Soler argues that in the capitalist age, the age where God has died, there is no longer a social relation or bond and that “semblance” has collapsed.  We are reduced to bodies relating to things satisfying needs, appetites, and desires.  By “semblance” she means grand values such as justice, beauty, emancipation, universality, truth, goodness, etc.  These values on behalf of which we would act depart from the world and we are left with a naked or bare world; a world where all of these things are seen as ways of being duped.  Instead everything comes to be seen as dynamics of power, appetite, and need.  I wonder about the degree to which the hermeneutics of suspicion has contributed to this collapse.  Everywhere, in suspicion, we show a dirty secret behind what is highest; a dark motive or desire; a form of oppression.  The irony is…

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