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Truth as Final Cause: Eschatology and Hope in Lacan and Przywara

Christopher M. Wojtulewicz

Abstract

Truth is a locus of guilt for the Christian, according to Jacques Lacan. The religious person, he argues, punitively defers truth eschatologically. Yet Lacan’s own view dissolves eschatological deferral to the world, as the “Real”. The metaphysics of Erich Przywara SJ helps highlight that this mirrors Lacan’s view of the religious person. Przywara’s Christian metaphysics and Lacanian psychoanalysis converge on the immanence of truth to history. But Przywaran analogy corrects Lacan’s position on the religious person, which by implication calls for an adjustment to Lacan’s worldview. In the final analysis, Lacan’s dialectical nihilism should yield to a Christian’s hopeful relation to the truth.

Keywords

Jacques Lacan; Erich Przywara; metaphysics; psychoanalysis; philosophical theology; eschatology; truth; immanence; transcendence; voluntarism; rationalism; pantheism; theopanism; analogy; analogia entis

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