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Real DeceptionsThe Contemporary Reinvention of Realism$
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Jennifer Friedlander

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190676124

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190676124.001.0001

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On Being Duped

(p.123) Conclusion
Real Deceptions

Jennifer Friedlander

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the claims of the book in terms of Jacques Lacan’s famous dictum that “the non-duped err.” It explores the political possibilities afforded to those who, rather than seek to overcome the duplicity of the Symbolic order by “seeing through” its deceit, allow themselves to be taken in, to be duped by it. It then examines this view via Roland Barthes’ distinction between two sorts of subjects, the cynic and the fool (or dupe) and suggests that fool is wise in avoiding the trap of believing that he or she can outsmart the efficiency of the symbolic ruse.

Keywords:   Jacques Lacan, Slavoj Žižek, Symbolic order, cynic, “the non-duped err”, Roland Barthes

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