Zuihitsu: Middle East & Global South
I-Hole, ex-sistence and consistence
1. From the Patheme to the Matheme
I promised to explain ex-sistence to you, and in two shakes of a lamb's tail. Although it wasn't mulled over, or precisely because it wasn't mulled over, I don't renounce this expression because it proceeds from the ideal of simplicity which, according to Lacan, animates his teaching.
An ideal, this means that we don't attain it, but also that we don't wallow in the complexity that we set out to reduce. Provided that we don't reduce it to an intuition, that is to say, we don't reduce it to what we suppose as common sense.
Common sense, it's what everyone agrees on. Psychoanalysis finds itself fundamentally in default with respect to the agreement that grounds common sense. Psychoanalysis means nothing if not that common sense is the effect of repression. This situates our place, apart, and isolates psychoanalysis, to make it the object of a segregation.[...]