The real writing of Lacan: another writing

Lewis Michael

in Derrida and Lacan

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780748636037
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652457 | DOI:
The real writing of Lacan: another writing

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This chapter investigates the distinct positions in which Jacques Lacan and Jacques Derrida end up, with respect to the notion of writing. For Lacan, as a result of his originally wholly genetic account of the human being, the ‘archi-writing’ that constitutes the signifier is not understood merely on the basis of the symbolic. There are in fact three aspects to Lacan's writing: the literary, the mathematical, and the diagrammatic. Archi-writing composes a positive signifier by overlaying the traces of all other signifiers. Lalangue is the moment at which, by failing to make sense, language ceases to communicate. For Lacan, archi-writing is also proto-writing, and for this reason, the transcendental and the genetic converge in the trace. Lacan's very work is another text written on top of Derrida's text: Lacan as an other writing, an other who wrote, and who wrote otherwise, with another writing.

Keywords: Jacques Lacan; Jacques Derrida; archi-writing; writing; lalangue

Chapter.  29764 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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