Identification 66

Identification 66

Jacques Lacan
雅克 拉康

17.1.62 VIII 1
Seminar 8: Wednesday 17 January 1962

28.2.62 XI 6

(12) Here obviously it is only our own which is important. But
is it not more significant than anecdotes, accidents, even
exploits, to the precise point that one can point out the
slenderness of the point of conjunction between the functioning
of the categories and sensible experience in Kant, the strangling
point as I might say, at which there can be raised the question
of whether the existence of a body, altogether required of
course, could not in fact be put in question in the Kantian
perspective. As regards the fact that it is required by right,
is there something which has not at all been done?


In order to presentify for you this question in the situation of
this lost child that the cosmonaut of our epoch in his capsule is
in when he is in a state of weightlessness, I will not put any
weight on this remark that the tolerance of it, it seems, has of
course not yet been put to the test for very long. But all the
same the surprising tolerance of the organism of the weightless
state is all the same likely to make us pose a question, since
after all dreamers question themselves about the origin of life –
and among them there are those who say that this suddenly began
to fructify on our globe, but others say that it must have come
through a germ which came from the astral spaces.


I cannot tell you how indifferent this sort of speculation leaves me. All
the same, from the moment that an organism, whether it is human,
whether it is that of a cat or of the least lord of the living
kingdom, seems so happy in the state of weightlessness, is it not
precisely essential for life let us simply say that it should be
in an equipotent position with respect to any possible effect of
(13) the field of gravity?


Of course, the cosmonaut is always
subject to the effects of gravity; simply it is a gravity which
does not weigh on him. Well then, there where he is in his
weightless state, locked in as you know in his capsule and what
is more again sustained, moltonne from all sides by the folds of
this capsule, what does he transport with him in terms of an
intuition which is pure or not, but phenomenologically definable,
of space and of time?


The question is all the more interesting
because you know that since Kant we have all the same gone back
on that. I mean that the exploration qualified precisely as
phenomenological has all the same brought our attention back to
the fact that what one can call the naive dimensions of
specifically spatial intuition, are not all the same an
intuition, however purified one may think it, that is so easily
reducible and that the top, the bottom, indeed the left preserve
all their importance not alone in fact, but even by right for the
most critical thinking.



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