Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Derrida Vis-à-vis LacanInterweaving Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Andrea Hurst

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228744

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228744.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FORDHAM SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Fordham University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FSO for personal use.date: 24 September 2021

Sexual Difference

Sexual Difference

(p.237) 8 Sexual Difference
Derrida Vis-à-vis Lacan

Andrea Hurst

Fordham University Press

A Lacanian account of sexual difference exemplifies the logic of différance. This chapter addresses a trouble that both Lacan and Derrida persistently grapple with: that of understanding difference in terms of binary oppositions. Some thinkers argue that this binary is a fundamental, undeconstructible bottom line that one cannot get beyond. The opposing view is that this binary opposition is as deconstructible as any other and should give way to an unregulated proliferation of differences. The former is assumed to be the Lacanian position (but not, of course, by Lacanians); the second is supposed to be the Derridean (but, again, not by Derrideans). There is, in other words, mutual misrecognition on both sides of this equation. Contrary to the aforementioned reading, it seems clear enough that Lacan's infamous claim concerning the sexual relation — namely, that it does not exist — offers a deconstruction of any conception of sexual difference as binary.

Keywords:   Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, sexual difference, différance, binary oppositions, deconstruction

Fordham Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .