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I and I and Jacques Lacan

April 10, 2021

by dogo

According to Lacan, the I which speaks and the I which is spoken of are not the same. The one observes and describes the other.

Zen practice reveals to us that we are not the I, the self, the aggregate of traits we describe and identify as “I” or “me.”

As we study the self, we may find we do not like, or even have much in common with, that self, the same way we experience some other people. Or we may like and relate to that self we are studying, the same way we experience some other people. But we are none of those people we can analyse and describe, including the self.

Who is the other I, the one that observes?

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