Guy Le Gaufey – Towards a Critical Reading of the Formulae of Sexuation

Issue 39 (Autumn 2008) 

The provocative impression of Jacques Lacan’s affirmation that ‘there is no real relationship’ continues to appear to many as a sort of brutal truth about sex, gaining authenticity by coming from a now famous psychoanalyst. this to imagining that it was simply his long experience as a practitioner xt ed him to this harsh truth about the nature of the relations men and women hr< e (or not) with one another is an easy step to take. And besides, do not the arc irently contradictory logical formulae which soon came to support and company in his teaching this paradoxical statement – produced at the end cr i*e 1960’s – place ‘Man’8 on one side and ‘Woman’ on the other? And so i is that for more than 30 years people have been satisfied to read these fctmulae as a modem set of magical spells in which, through a prodigious ‘wEgzomamento, biblical truth has finally found the place and the function of sexual difference in the vast Freudian setting, thanks to the somersaults of 1fes charlatan Lacan………..

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