THE LETTER 16 Summer 1999, pages 92-126
… when one gives rise to two (quand un fait deux), there is never a return. They don’t revert to making one again, even if it is a new one. Aufhebung is one of philosophy’s pretty little dreams.
Despite its foundational orientation towards the notion of sexualitv, Freudian psychoanalysis ironically spends a scant amount of time speaking of what one is most inclined to associate with ·making love’ -that is, love itself. It is only as regards two interlinked phenomena that Freud feels compelled to address the topic of amorous sentiments. The first location where love finds a place in psychoanalysis is the dynamic of the transference. In the transference, love is merely the emotional epiphenomenon of a duped, deceived ego that misrecognises its interlocutor. The second schema to which analysis relegates love is the mechanism of object-choice. The notion of such a mechanism maintains that the individual’s personal history of loving relationships is nothing more than the repetition of a limited number of childhood refrains: ‘love consists of new editions of old traits. But this is the essential character of every state of being in love. There is no such state which does not reproduce infantile prototypes’. In both the transference and…