Lacan: Topologically Speaking
The study of topology examines the way something can change shape while still retaining the same properties. Jacques Lacan devoted the last part of his teaching to the topology of the subject. During the 50s, he gauged the topology of surfaces (torus, Moebius strips, Klein bottles, crosscaps) and from 1972 on, he studied the topology of knots (Borromean, the sinthome). Showing that bodily and mental life function topologically, he did what no one had done before: he added to the logic of how representations function, the logic of jouissance or libidinal meaning that "materializes" language by making desire, fantasy, and the partial drives ascertainable functions of it. For Lacan, topology is neither myth nor metaphor. It is the precise way we may understand the construction and appearance of the subject. Space is multidimensional in terms of both meaning and logic.
Lacanian topology answers questions of post-structuralism while revealing the flaws in its theories. It also advances a 21st-century teaching that obviates symbolic logic and its positivistic assumptions. Applications are made to the clinic, to literature, and to the social sciences.
The authors collected here include world renowned Lacanian topologists such as Jacques-Alain Miller, Jeanne Lafont, Jean-Paul Gilson, Pierre Skriabine, Juan-David Nasio, Jean-Michel Vappereau, and several new theorists from the United States and Europe.
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Topology and Efficiency
Mathemes Topology in the Teaching of Lacan
Lacans Topological Unit and the Structure of Mind
Topology of Surfaces
Clinic and Topology The Flaw in the Universe
Objet a and the Crosscap
Floating between Original and Semblance
Interpretation and Topological Structure
To Poe Logically Speaking From The Purloined Letter to the Sinthome
Topology of Knots
The Clinic of the Borromean Knot
The Square of the Subject
The Topology of the Subject of Law The Nullibiquity of the Fictional Fifth
Specious Aristmystic Joycean Topology
Making Rings The Hole of the Sinthome in the Embedding of the Topology of the Subject
Borromean Knots Le Sinthome and Sense Production in Law
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