The Transcendental Relation in Lacanian Psychoanalysis

Andrea Hurst

in Derrida Vis-à-vis Lacan

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228744
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235179 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Transcendental Relation in               Lacanian Psychoanalysis

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This chapter deals with Jacques Lacan's complex articulation of “the transcendental relation”. Favoring more concrete metaphorics over mathematical symbolization, this chapter takes the articulated imagoes that appear in Lacan's early essays as an orienting armature to explain the “Gödelian structure” of the transcendental relation. These also serve to emphasize that other humans are the primary and most significant “objects” or “others” implicated in the constitution of the subject in the transcendental relation. The “other”, which takes the three generalized forms of Nebenmensch, alter egos, and speaking others, is not a neutral, inert object. The family complexes of Lacan's early writings offer a metaphorical organization that remains a productive and orientating heuristic for understanding the complexities of his account of the transcendental relation. By using these structural metaphors, Lacan is at pains to point out that subjective development is not shaped by instincts but by complex imaginary constructs that inaugurate drives. This chapter shows how each of these complexes may be read according to the three moments of the “plural logic of the aporia”.

Keywords: Jacques Lacan; transcendental relation; plural logic of the aporia; imagoes; alter egos; others; metaphors; Nebenmensch

Chapter.  11686 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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