Law: From Superego to Love
(This chapter focuses on the split in law, drawing out its repercussions for thinking about law more generally.)
Appearing in mutiple arrangements - the symbolic law of language and norms, the public law of states and regimes, the transgressive "nightly" law of superego, as well as the religious law of Judaism and the Pauline law of faith - law persists as a constituent element of human practical experience.
How does this violence persist, and what is its relation to split law?
As a nonintegrated surplus,
rendering law as that which is to be obeyed.
Law is constitutively senseless:
This traumatic, senseless injunction is also the psychoanalytic notion of the superego.
Superego issues unconditional commands, telling us what to do, refusing to take no for an answer, refusing even to consider our specific circumstances, needs or desires.
The superego command is thus more than a simple prohibition.
It is a prohibition compliance with which produces enjoyment.
When we obey the superego, when we give up our own desire and comply or follow orders, a part of us, or, more precisely the Other within us, enjoys.
Superego thus involves the excess of law, the violence that persists in law's injunction.
Love With Law
The Object in Law: From Superego to Objet Petit a
Attachment to Law: From Enjoyment Through Duty to Enjoyment in Love
Conclusion: Hope in Law
- Žižek, Slavoj. The Parallax View. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2006. p. 10.
- Žižek, Slavoj. "How Did Marx Invent the Symptom?" in Mapping Ideology. Ed. Slavoj Zizek. Verso: London, 1944. p. 318
- Žižek, Slavoj. "How Did Marx Invent the Symptom?" in Mapping Ideology. Ed. Slavoj Zizek. Verso: London, 1944. p. 319