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I’ve been rereading Heidegger’s “The Origin of the Work of Art” and I’m surprised how compatible it is with Lacan’s aesthetics, for better or for worse. For example, consider this passage from the Heidegger…

“The world is the self-disclosing openness of the broad paths of the simple and essential decisions in the destiny of an historical people. The earth is the spontaneous forthcoming of that which is continually self-secluding and to that extent sheltering and concealing. World and earth are essentially different from one another and yet are never separated. The world grounds itself on the earth, and earth juts through the world. But the relation between the world and earth does not wither away into the empty unity of opposites unconcerned with one another. The world, in resting upon the earth, strives to surmount it. As self-opening it cannot endure anything closed. The earth, however, as sheltering and concealing, tends always to draw the world into itself and keep it there.”

Now translated into Lacanese…

“The Symbolic is the self-disclosing openness of the broad paths of the simple and essential decisions in the destiny of an historical people. The Real is the spontaneous forthcoming of that which is continually self-secluding and to that extent sheltering and concealing. Symbolic and Real are essentially different from one another and yet are never separated. The Symbolic grounds itself on the Real, and Real juts through the Symbolic. But the relation between the Symbolic and Real does not wither away into the empty unity of opposites unconcerned with one another. The Symbolic, in resting upon the Real, strives to surmount it. As self-opening it cannot endure anything closed. The Real, however, as sheltering and concealing, tends always to draw the Symbolic into itself and keep it there.”

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