The Subject as Contradiction: Atomicity, the Void & the Aesthetic Experience

By: Alexander Venetis 

Abstract: The notion of the subject as conceived by Jacques Lacan should not be conflated
with the subject as conceived by linguists or philosophers or other academic theorists concerned with this notion. For Lacan, the subject is empty, meaning that it neither pertains to relationality nor to positivity. Neither a positive determination can be predicated upon the subject, as is the case in traditional logic and linguistics, nor is the subject to be regarded as some sort of thinking substance, as is the case for modern philosophy, that is, philosophy since Descartes.