Day 225: Glimpses of the Real

I had a relatively productive weekend. I got a lot of studying done, made revision outlines for my job material and read the latest volume of Ex Machina (not bad but no Y). I took a break last night to drink some beer and watch the Bears lose (in retrospect not the kind of relaxation I had hoped for). My only problem this weekend surrounds a question of (political) subjectivity in a situation of the presence of a total discourse of the Other that cancels out (logically) any discourse of the Other (which is supposed to be good). Yet, this creates serious problems for the project of thinking political subjectivity itself and tends to represent to me a kink in the symbolic that may give us a (terrifying and paralyzing) glimpse of the real. The logical problem is much like this well-known kink in the symbolic, so riddle me this:

Consider, the dilemma of someone trying to create a catalogue which includes only those catalogues which make NO mention of themselves within their own covers (in other words, a catalogue would be selected only if it did NOT include its own title in the list it provides of other catalogues). Should that person include the title of the catalogue he or she is making in the latter’s list? If he or she does not decide to include it, then it too will be a catalogue which does not contain itself as an entry and which therefore should be included. If, on the other hand, he or she decides to include it, then it will be a catalogue which DOES include itself as an entry and which therefore should not be included. What is the catalogue maker to do?

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