5. The Vital Order and the Biological Functions

Going Back to the Fundamental Problem

  1. Nicola Diamond

Published Online: 7 APR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118321102.ch5

Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments

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

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 APR 2013
  2. Published Print: 20 MAY 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470019429

Online ISBN: 9781118321102

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Keywords:

  • biological functions;
  • biology;
  • Jean Laplanche;
  • psychoanalysis;
  • sexuality;
  • vital order

Summary

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.