Cover

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Half title, Series page, Title page, Copyright, Quotation

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Series Foreword

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pp. ix-x

A short circuit occurs when there is a faulty connection in the network—faulty, of course, from the standpoint of the network’s smooth functioning. Is not the shock of short-circuiting, therefore, one of the best metaphors for a critical reading? ...

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Preface: Toward Para-ontology

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pp. xi-xxiv

This book focuses on the treatment of logic and, secondarily, God in Lacan’s later oeuvre. My emphasis will be for the most part on his Seminars of the early 1970s, as they revolve around a logical and critically onto-theo-logical investigation of the basic axiom “There is no sexual relationship.” ...

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1. Woman and the Number of God

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pp. 1-22

According to a well-established interpretation, which gained considerable consensus during the 1980s and 1990s in the context of debates concerning the relationship between feminism and psychoanalysis, the role of the divine in Lacan’s late work should be identified with that of feminine enjoyment/ jouissance.1 ...

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2. Logic and Biology: Against Bio-logy

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pp. 23-76

In order to advance a structural account of sexuation/subjectivation that culminates in the oscillation of the God hypothesis between the one/One and the not-One, Lacan cannot avoid tackling biological sex. Jean-Claude Milner has recently claimed that Lacan’s confrontation with science is mostly focused on the gap that separates the ancient Greek notion of episteme from modern physics, ...

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3. Logic, Science, Writing

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pp. 77-104

Starting with Seminar XVIII, where the psychoanalytic discourse is investigated in detail as a knowledge of truth (the truth of incompleteness) that counters any pronouncement on the totalizing truth about truth, and culminating in Seminars XIX, XIXB, and XX, in which the so-called formulas of sexuation are constructed within this context, ...

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4. The Logic of Sexuation

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pp. 105-160

In the early 1970s, Lacan puts forward four formulas of sexuation that write the logical impossibility of writing the sexual relationship, and the way in which the (masculine and feminine) subject is nonetheless tentatively sexed through the phallic function, that is, the function of castration. ...

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Conclusion: 0, 1, Undecidability, and the Virgin

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pp. 161-180

The phallic function as the transcendental logic of sexuation/subjectivation, along with the phenomenal/imaginary reifications it gives rise to, is, according to Lacan, ultimately founded on number. I have already discussed how the core of structure equates with the real (of in-difference). ...

Notes

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pp. 181-238

Index

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pp. 239-252