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Charlotte Heath-Kelly

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784993139

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784993139.001.0001

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Conclusion: pathologising security through Lacanian desire

Conclusion: pathologising security through Lacanian desire

(p.170) Conclusion: pathologising security through Lacanian desire
Death and Security

Charlotte Heath-Kelly

Manchester University Press

This concluding chapter offers a theoretical reading of the drive to secure within the terms of Lacanian desire. It asks whether there is something thrilling and yet masochistic about the Sisyphean pursuit of the unobtainable condition known as security. Given that security pursues an impossible immortality, is it indicative of a fantasy of control and order – rather than a teleological, goal-oriented pursuit? And, as fantasy, is this endeavour structured around an eternal recurrence and repetition, rather than the pursuit and possession of a discrete objective? The chapter suggests that the security edifice is pathology, caused by the Death of God and the resurgent salience of death anxiety in a society bereft of promises to immortality.

Keywords:   Lacan, Security, Desire, Death, Pathology, Eternal recurrence, Fantasy, Immortality, Death of God

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