Jacques Lacan – L’Étourdit – The Second Turn – Chapter 3

THE LETTER 49 (Spring 2012) pages 1-21


1. Sense and teaching

Let us get moving here on the business of sense, promised earlier because of its difference to meaning.

What allows us to grapple with it is the enormity of the condensation between ‘that which thinks’ of our day (with the feet that we just mentioned) and the inept topology Kant reinforced in his own argumentation, that of the bourgeois who can only imagine transcendence, aesthetic as well as dialectical.

We might say that this condensation is in effect to be understood ‘in the analytic sense’, as the received formula has it.  What is this sense, if precisely the elements condensed in it are univocally qualifiedby a similar imbecility, indeed are capable of taking pride in it from the side of ‘that which thinks’, Kant’s mask on the contrary appearing stony before insult, …

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