7. The Vital Revisited

Deconstructing the Vital Order from Within

  1. Nicola Diamond

Published Online: 7 APR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118321102.ch7

Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments

Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments

How to Cite

Diamond, N. (2013) The Vital Revisited, in Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118321102.ch7

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:

  • memory;
  • psychic order;
  • somatic life;
  • vital biological order

Summary

The vital order fails to function as a life process. The main propping thesis has attributed a biological sufficiency to the functions, providing such a substantive blueprint that no space exists within the vital biological order for the deviation of source, aim and object. Instead of the propping concept acting as a bridging term between the body and the psychic order, it is shown that models of life derived from the other are endemic to the vital order itself. This prop from the other within the vital sphere, propping up the biological processes, opens up the vital biological terrain, from the inside to the outside world. The memory trace, a remembering, a certain non-presence with every future re-evocation of a somatic need, a temporal deferral and delay yields a gap and an absence of any object for somatic longing, giving rise to a potential symbolic dimension.