There's No Such Thing as a Sexual Relationship
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There's No Such Thing as a Sexual Relationship

Two Lessons on Lacan

Alain Badiou, Barbara Cassin, Kenneth Reinhard, Susan Spitzer

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There's No Such Thing as a Sexual Relationship

Two Lessons on Lacan

Alain Badiou, Barbara Cassin, Kenneth Reinhard, Susan Spitzer

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Published in 1973, "L'Etourdit" was one of the French philosopher Jacques Lacan's most important works. The book posed questions that traversed the entire body of Lacan's psychoanalytical explorations, including his famous idea that "there is no such thing as a sexual relationship," which seeks to undermine our certainties about intimacy and reality.

In There's No Such Thing as a Sexual Relationship, Alain Badiou and Barbara Cassin take possession of Lacan's short text, thinking "with" Lacan about his propositions and what kinds of questions they raise in relation to knowledge. Cassin considers the relationship of the real to language through a Sophist lens, while the Platonist Badiou unpacks philosophical claims about truth. Each of their contributions echoes back to one another, offering new ways of thinking about Lacan, his seminal ideas, and his role in advancing philosophical thought.

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Ab-sense, xvii–xx, xxv–xxvii, 41; as ab-sex sense, 50–51; Freud on, 47; non-sense distinguished from, 49–62; overview, 3–39; philosophy’s awareness of, 54–55; real answering in place of, 59–61; of sense, 48, 49–62; truth as, 46
Absentmindedness (Étourdissement), xix, 13
Ab-sex sense, xxv, xxvi, 41, 47, 50–51, 53–55, 59–61
Act, xviii, xx, xxiv–xxvii, 52–54, 58, 59–62, 92n5. See also Pass
Against Colotes (Plutarch), 27–28
Amphibiology, 14, 17
Analysand, xx, 61, 85n63
Analysis, xx, xxv–xxvii, 25, 46–47, 52–54, 59–62. See also Apophantic language of analysis; Pass; Psychoanalysis
Analytic interpretation, 11–12
An-Aristotelianism, xvii–xviii
Animals, 10–11, 19, 24, 36
Antiphilosophers, xxiii–xxiv, xxv, xxvii, 42, 48
Antiphilosophy, xxiii–xxiv, xxv–xxvii, 40–42, 54–58
Anxiety, 59–61
Apophantic language of analysis, xx, xxv, 25
Arcanum 17 (Breton), xxiv–xxv
Aristotelianism, xiii, xvi–xxiii, 3–39
Aristotle, 46, 55, 82n43, 90n87; on apophansis, 83n55; Sophists needed by, 70n21; taxonomy used by, 70n23. See also specific works
Atoms (Atomos), xxi, 34–36, 38–39, 90n87. See also Radical real
Badiou, Alain, xxiv–xxv, 65n7, 67n14, 94n15. See also Being and Event; Wittgenstein’s Antiphilosophy
Bande de Moebius. See Möbius strip
Being (L’étant), xxvi–xxvii; atoms as, 36; Gamma on, 79n35; human, 19; jouissance of, 38; language influencing, 18–19; meanings of, 16; of non-beings, 86n70; real as, 46. See also Univocity
Being and Event (Badiou), xi, xxvi–xxvii, 89n82
Being of signifierness (L’être de la signifiance), 38–39
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