What Is Sex? by Alenka ZupancicWhat Is Sex? by Alenka Zupancic

What Is Sex?

byAlenka Zupancic

Paperback | September 8, 2017

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Why sexuality is at the point of a "short circuit" between ontology and epistemology.

Consider sublimation-conventionally understood as a substitute satisfaction for missing sexual satisfaction. But what if, as Lacan claims, we can get exactly the same satisfaction that we get from sex from talking (or writing, painting, praying, or other activities)? The point is not to explain the satisfaction from talking by pointing to its sexual origin, but that the satisfaction from talking is itself sexual. The satisfaction from talking contains a key to sexual satisfaction (and not the other way around)-even a key to sexuality itself and its inherent contradictions. The Lacanian perspective would make the answer to the simple-seeming question, "What is sex?" rather more complex. In this volume in the Short Circuits series, Alenka Zupancic approaches the question from just this perspective, considering sexuality a properly philosophical problem for psychoanalysis; and by psychoanalysis, she means that of Freud and Lacan, not that of the kind of clinician practitioners called by Lacan "orthopedists of the unconscious."

Zupancic argues that sexuality is at the point of a "short circuit" between ontology and epistemology. Sexuality and knowledge are structured around a fundamental negativity, which unites them at the point of the unconscious. The unconscious (as linked to sexuality) is the concept of an inherent link between being and knowledge in their very negativity.

Title:What Is Sex?Format:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:September 8, 2017Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262534134

ISBN - 13:9780262534130

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Freud argued that there was something fundamentally unsatisfying at the very core of sexuality. What Is Sex? is surely one of the most satisfying accounts we've ever had of this 'something.'

-Eric L. Santner, The Philip and Ida Romberg Distinguished Service Professor in Modern Germanic Studies, The University of Chicago