Tony Hughes – Saying, the Said, Signification and Meaning in L‟Etourdit

Issue 41 (Summer 2009) Pages- 97-114 

One of the levels of complexity which is found in L‟Etourdit arises because Lacan distinguishes between “what is said”, “what is heard”, and “saying”. It is necessary to be aware of the differentiation he makes and the implication this has for signification. This paper shows how these issues affect interpretation within the clinic of psychoanalysis which relies on the movement of the four discourses.

L‟Etourdit makes important distinctions between saying, what is said, signification, and meaning. I hope to show how they differ from each other, as this is essential when trying to understand some of the complexities of this challenging text of Lacan. I am relying of the interpretation by Christian Fierens which is found in his excellent book Lecture de L‟Etourdit,1…..

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