Lacan's Ethics and Nietzsche's Critique of Platonism

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Brings Lacan and Nietzsche together as part of a common
effort to rethink the tradition of Western ethics.

Bringing together
Jacques Lacan and Friedrich Nietzsche, Tim Themi focuses on their conceptions of
ethics and on their accounts of the history of ethical thinking in the Western
tradition. Nietzsche blames Plato for setting in motion a degenerative process
that turned ethics away from nature, the body, and its senses, and thus
eventually against our capacities for reason, science, and a creative,
flourishing life. Dismissing Plato’s Supreme Good as a “mirage,” Lacan is very
much in sympathy with Nietzsche’s reading. Following this premise, Themi shows
how Lacan’s ethics might build on Nietzsche’s work, thus contributing to our
understanding of Nietzsche, and also how Nietzsche’s critique can strengthen our
understanding of Lacan.
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About the author

Tim Themi has a PhD in philosophy and teaches at Deakin University in Australia.
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SUNY Press
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Published on
May 1, 2014
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Philosophy / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Philosophy / General
Philosophy / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical
Philosophy / History & Surveys / Modern
Philosophy / Individual Philosophers
Psychology / Movements / Psychoanalysis
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