5. The Vital Order and the Biological Functions
Going Back to the Fundamental Problem
Published Online: 7 APR 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments
How to Cite
Diamond, N. (2013) The Vital Order and the Biological Functions, in Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118321102.ch5
- Published Online: 7 APR 2013
- Published Print: 20 MAY 2013
Print ISBN: 9780470019429
Online ISBN: 9781118321102
- biological functions;
- Jean Laplanche;
- vital order
This chapter explains how the drive, infantile sexuality and biology are in fact interwoven and how binary distinctions continue to preclude this possibility. It is not good enough to jump from body to psyche/mind in order to link biology to symbolic thinking. The chapter goes back to the fundamentals in psychoanalysis in order to address the roots of the problem and to find a way to rework basic premises by deploying Laplanche's detailed analysis. It explores how the biological vital order partakes in absence and sensory loss and can access significance, and how functional and sensory alterations relate to this dimension of experience.