Law: From Superego to Love

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Žižek's account of law is built upon the reiteration of the idea that law is split or that there is a parallax gap between the public letter and its obscene superego supplement.[1]

(This chapter focuses on the split in law, drawing out its repercussions for thinking about law more generally.)

For Žižek, law is necessary and potentially liberatory.

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.

Law's Founding

Founding Crime
Founding Law

Split Law


Enjoying Law

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


  1. Žižek, Slavoj. The Parallax View. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2006. p. 10.