Patricia McCarthy – The Vas Difference: On Traversing the First Loop of L‟Etourdit…

Issue 41 (Summer 2009) Pages- 79-95

This article suggests that in L‟Etourdit, the neologism “Vas” has a resonance for Lacan which returns us to the vase of the optical schema. By means of a drawing, an attempt is made to drape this vase with the logical accoutrements of the phallic function and the four formulae. As an example of “ab-sens”, working with “Vas” allows us take seriously Lacan‟s urging to locate the sphere of action of the analytic discourse.

This paper expands on my presentation at the study day of one of the cartels of The Irish School for Lacanian Psychoanalysis, ISLP. Held on May 9th 2009, the study day came of our attempt in the preceding academic session to traverse – not read, not make sense of, literally traverse in the sense of traversing very difficult terrain Ŕ the first half of Lacan‟s L‟Etourdit…….

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