Guy Le Gaufey – Scholion, A Misuse of Metaphor (in Lacan‘s Notall)

The final part of Guy Le Gaufey‘s book ―Lacan‘s Notall‖ – The Scholion: A  Misuse of Metaphor, translated by Cormac Gallagher, deals with Lacan‘s treatment of the Borromean Knot and his attempt to use logic to deal with the problematic of sexual non-relationship of the inexistence of such a relationship. Le Gaufey traces Lacan‘s efforts to make a distinction between the two but to our surprise he concludes that Lacan felt his attempt ended in a failure – thus calling topology, or one aspect of topology – knot- theory into question.

Keywords: sexual non-relationship; inexistence of relationship; non-enantiomorphic; consistencies; Borromean knot; reversal of perspective 

Quite imperceptibly, between 1972 and 1975, Lacan brings about a slippage in the negation regarding sexual relationship, going from there is no relationship‘ to there is a non-relationship‘, from the inexistence of such a relationship to the existence of such a non-relationship.  The nuance might appear rhetorical if there were not grafted onto it a change of perspective which takes support on the key instrument in the teaching of these years of the seventies:  the Borromean knot. …


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