The Real and the Human Imbricated… Žižek and Zubiri vs. Miller*

Ricardo Espinoza Lolas

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This article reflects on how the issue of the Real allows us to rethink the human of today in a more complete and up-to-date way. And for this purpose, two apparently dissimilar perspectives of understanding the Real are discussed: that of the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, which is rooted in Lacan’s psychoanalysis, and that of the Spanish philosopher Xavier Zubiri, which is born from a deep critical dialogue with Heidegger’s ontology. This paper will show the unity of two visions of the Real that lie at the heart of what is human and that allow us to criticize certain very influential psychoanalytic thought, centred on Jacques-Alain Miller, which cannot account for what is happening to us radically in the current era, or, perhaps, in any era.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-103
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Lacan
  • Miller
  • Zubiri
  • Zupančič
  • the Real
  • Žižek


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