KNOWING, NOT-KNOWING AND JOUISSANCE

Moncayo’s collection of essays accomplishes what Roland Barthes would call a “bathmology”—a science of degrees—within the field of psychoanalysis. Precisely because he does not separate Lacan from Freud, Freud from Darwin, or Lacan from Winnicott, he multiplies illuminating distinctions. With a curiosity that knows no bounds, he probes boundaries between concepts and offers crucial distinctions, like the opposition between pure and applied psychoanalysis. Here, it seems, we can have both at once, all the while knowing their difference.

Jean-Michel Rabaté, University of Pennsylvania and American Academy of Arts and Sciences.