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Chapter 3: The Logics of Sexuation. The Psychoanalytic Discourse.

The Letter, Issue 59/60, Summer/Autumn 2015, Pages 1 - 38


THE PSYCHOANALYTIC DISCOURSE. A SECOND READING OF LACAN’S L’ÉTOURDIT

Christian Fierens

C. Fierens, Le discours psychanalytique. Une deuxième lecture de L’étourdit de Lacan. Toulouse, Point hors ligne, Erès, 2012. Trans. C. Gallagher 2014.

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CHAPTER 3 THE LOGICS OF SEXUATION


For classical logic, the real is approached in the order of truth: in principle it would be a matter of finding, of producing, of guaranteeing the truth of propositions, namely, the equivalence between what is said and the real to which the said is referred. It is a logic of saids.


The discourse of analysis brings out what is forgotten in the saids, namely, the saying. Freud’s saying re-centres psychoanalysis on the phallus not as the meaning of a pivotal said or of a general statufied symbol, but in the sense of a re-launching saying. If Freud saw in the Oedipus complex the shibboleth of psychoanalysis and if the phallus is what is at stake in the Oedipus complex, it is not to produce saids that are true and applicable to all, men and women, it is in the experience of the re-launching of the saying of the treatment for the analyser and for the analyst.


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