I am starting to find in Lacan’s work an indication that he anticipated in a remarkable way his later insights on the real, enjoyment, the body, and lalangue as a particular strand of enjoyment from the real. For example, in some of his early seminars he passed over a thought about the enjoyment of the lily in the field, of the painful enjoyment of things in the world. Later, in his 1970s seminars, he drew out these strands and made them central to his analyses. But the important point is that these thoughts didn’t come from out of thin air. They were always there waiting to be thought, from the beginning. The late Lacan was weaving the early and middle periods of his thought.


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