one and three

Lacan claimed that you can only count to one because of a prior three. He referred to this logic as the “at-least three.” However, my research seems to be moving in the opposite direction, though necessitated by Lacan’s later teaching: you can only count to three because of one (but you wouldn’t know that without the assistance of three). In other words, there is a gap that separates the one and the three, which expresses the fundamental “Il n’y a pas de rapport sexuel.” The one is therefore the Thing, since, as everyone from Frege onward now knows very well: the one is always also zero.

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