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Cut of the RealSubjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy$
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Katerina Kolozova

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166102

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166102.001.0001

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On the Limit and the Limitless

On the Limit and the Limitless

(p.79) 3 On the Limit and the Limitless
Cut of the Real

Katerina Kolozova

François Laruelle

Columbia University Press

This chapter argues for a legitimization of the reality of the ultimate “No” (of a certain real or of the real). It investigates, in Laruelle's terminology, the limit as one of “the first names of the real” as well as its status in poststructuralist (feminist) theory. It invokes discursive “legitimacy” and relevance for the instance of the limit in and for feminist theory. It invokes a discourse that incorporates the realities of limitation without having them always already transposed into the “transcendental real”, recognizing them as inherent constituents of its overall experience and conceptualization of reality. It seeks to reclaim the neglected truth that the unstoppable flux of autoproliferating textuality has always already found itself in, and founded itself upon, the relentless, never-ceding grasp of creative opposition with the (disclaimed) real, or rather, with its ultimate limit(s).

Keywords:   postmodernism, poststructuralism, real, limit, Lacan, Laruell, feminist theory

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