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My point of departure will be a passage in Lacans Encore Seminar in which he unpacks the first sentence he had given his audience or rather written for them on the blackboard during their first meeting Lacan had written Jouissance of the Other of the Other with a capital O of the body of the Other who symbolizes the Other the sign of love A week later Lacan returned to this dense formula adding that it suggests the notion of an enjoying substance As Nestor Braunstein has shown Lacans main concept his real signature is less the invention of the objet petit a than his bifurcated translation of Freuds Lust into plaisir on the one hand and jouissance on the other Here is the passage Isnt it precisely what psychoanalytic experience presupposes -- the substance of the body on the condition that it is defined only as that which enjoys itself se jouit That is no doubt a property of the living body but we dont know what it means to be alive except for the following fact that a body is something that enjoys itself or can be enjoyed cela se jouit It enjoys itself only by corporizing the body in a signifying way That implies something other than the partes extra partes of extended substance As is emphasized admirably by the kind of Kantian that Sade was one can only enjoy a part of the Others body for the simple reason that one has never seen a body completely wrap itself around the Others body to the point of surrounding and phagocytizing it That is why we must confine ourselves to simply giving it a little squeeze like that taking a forearm or anything else -- ouch Enjoying jouir has the fundamental property that it is ultimately one persons body that enjoys a part of the Others body alternative translation offered by Fink in a footnote that is the
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