Furrows in the alethosphere 6

Furrows in the alethosphere 6
From The Other Side of Psychoanalysis
By Jacques Lacan

This doesn’t make sense, in fact, because it is precisely in the light of the apparatus of science, to the extent that we can grasp it, that it is possible to found the nature of the errors, the obstacles , the confusions that in effect didn’t fail to be present in what was being articulated as knowledge, with this undercurrent that there were two principles to cleave apart—one that forms and one that is formed. This is what science makes quite clear for us, and this is confirmed by the fact that we find an echo of it in analytic experience.


To express myself in these large-scale, approximate terms, take the male principle for example—what effect does the incidence of discourse have on it? It is that, as a speaking being, he is summoned to give an explanation of his “ essence”—irony, inverted commas. It is very precisely and solely because of the affect that this discourse effect subjects him to—that is, insofar as he receives this feminizing effect of the small a –that he recognizes what makes him, that he recognizes the cause of his desire.


Conversely, at the level of the so-called natural principle, where it is not for nothing that it has always been symbolized, in the bad sense of the word, by a female reference, it is, on the contrary, from out of the in-substance, as I was saying just before, that this void appears. Void of what? Let’s say that the something in question, if we want, very much from a distance, from a long way away, to give it the horizon of woman, is in what is in question as unformed jouissance, precisely without any form, that we can find the place, in the “ operceive” in which science comes to be constructed. What I perceive, which is claimed to be original, must, in effect, be replaced by an operceive.


Insofar as science only refers to an articulation that only takes form in the signifying order, it is constructed out of something where there was nothing beforehand.


This is what it is important to grasp if we wish to understand something that has to do with—what? With the forgetting of this very effect. Being what we are, all of us, to the extent that the field increases by virtue of the fact that science perhaps functions as the master’s discourse, we do not know how far—for the reason that we have never known at any point—each one of us is initially determined as object small a.


I was speaking before of these spheres with which the extension of science—which, curiously, is found to be very effective at determining what a being is—encircles the earth, a series of zones that science describes as being what it finds. Why not also take account of the place in which these fabrications of science are located, if they are nothing more than the effect of formalized truth? What are we going to call this place?


Here again I am overly emphasizing what I want to say, and I am not necessarily very proud of what I am putting forward on this occasion, but I think that it is useful, you will see why, to raise this question which is not a question of nomenclature.


It is a question about a place that is well and truly occupied—by what? I was speaking just before about waves. This is what is at issue. Hertzian waves or other waves—no phenomenology of perception has ever given us the slightest idea of them and it would certainly never have led us to them.


We certainly won’t be calling this place the noosphere, which we ourselves supposedly populate. If indeed there is anything that as it happens is in the background, twenty-five rows back, of everything that may be of interest to us, it is this. But in using aletheria in a way which, I agree, has nothing emotionally philosophical about it you could, unless you find something better, call it the alethosphere.


Don’t get too excited. The alethosphere gets recorded. If you have a little microphone here, you are plugged into the alethosphere. What is really something is is that if you are in a little vehicle that is transporting you toward Mars you can still plug into the alethosphere. And, even, this surprising effect of structure which meant that two or three people have gone wandering around on the moon, you must think that, concerning their exploit, it was certainly not for reason that they always stayed within the alethosphere.


These astronauts, as they are called, who had some minor problems at the last minute, would probably not have overcome them so well—I am not even talking about their relations with their little machine, for they would perhaps have overcome that on their own—if they had not been accompanied the entire time by this little a that is the human voice. By virtue of this they could allow themselves to say nothing but bullshit, such as for example that everything was going well when everything was going poorly. But that’s beside the point. The point is that they stayed within the alethosphere.


It takes time to observe all the things that populate it, and this is going to oblige us to introduce another word.


The alethosphere—it sounds good. That’s because we suppose that what I have been calling formalized truth already has, sufficiently, the status of truth at the level at which it operceives. But at the level of the operated-on, of what moves around, the truth is not at all unveiled. The proof of this is that the human voice with its effect of grabbing you by the perineum, as it were, does not unveil its truth at all.



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