Up to the last stage of his teaching, the predominant ethical attitude of Lacanian psychoanalysis involved a kind of Brechtian gesture of distancing: first the distancing from imaginary fascination through the work of symbolic “mediation”; then the assumption of symbolic castration, of the lack constitutive of desire; then the “going through the fantasy”: the assumption of the inconsistency of the Other concealed by the fantasy-scenario. … In his very last phase, however, Lacan outlines a reversal of perspective, unheard of as to its radicality: the concluding moment of the psychoanalytic cure is attained when the subject fully assumes his or her identification with the sinthome, when he or she unreservedly “yields” to it, rejoins the place where “it was,” giving up the false distance which defines our everyday life.

Tarrying With The Negative – Slavoj Zizek


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