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Dr Mark Jackson


Bedding Down in the House of Being

Heidegger avec Sade


Mark Jackson


Lacan, at the moment he announces, in ‘Kant avec Sade’, an interrogation of jouissance, of this jouissance constitutive of the modifications of Sadian experience, constitutive of an ‘uncovering’, ‘unveiling’ even, disrobing of the Thing-in-itself, he gives a name to this thing unveiled, nakedly revealed. He names it Etre-là, Dasein. To account for this name so revealed, along with what this name does reveal, commences, perhaps, with what many commentators on Sade have especially concerned themselves—logos—language and its relations to being. This paper’s itinerary sets out two concerns that circulate or impose themselves as themes for considering Sade, Kant, Heidegger and Lacan. The first is a question of teaching, what composes a scene or séance of instruction. What it is to instruct? Hence it is, perhaps, Kant’s Uber Pädagogik that is more proximate to Sade’s Philosophy in the Bedroom than would be his second Critique. Then there are the concerns of both Heidegger and Lacan as teachers, as instructors not without their disciplines and disciples.  The second waypoint on my itinerary concerns how logos—language—is to be considered. This is the name given to a text by Heidegger translated by Lacan to French, as far as I know the only text of Heidegger’s Lacan translates in full. Yet, one might surmise, as Slavoi Žižek certainly does, that little coincides in Lacan’s and Heidegger’s thinking of language-being and hence of the Etre-là of Dasein. In concluding, I aim to make neighbours of Heidegger and Sade, though in a way that extends the more familiar notion presented by Pierre Klossowski. This addresses those ‘vocal phenomena’ mentioned by Lacan in ‘Kant avec Sade’—“it can be a voice on the radio”—as psychoses of Heidegger’s mitdasein.  


Mark Jackson is Associate Professor of Design in the School of Art & Design, Faculty of Design & Creative Technologies, Auckland University of Technology. He received his PhD from the University of Sydney in the discipline of architecture in the early 1990s and has taught at the University of Sydney, the University of Adelaide and then at AUT. He has also held posts as Visiting Scholar at M.I.T. (Boston) and Visiting Professor at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. His research engages the tradition of Continental Philosophy, especially the works of Heidegger, Foucault, Derrida and Agamben. He has published in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, design cultures, film-philosophy, and the visual arts and has produced a number of film and video works. He is currently developing a monograph publication on aspects of the work of Heidegger, as well as a series of digital films on capital and empire.