From the twilight of the world to the peace of the evening

  • Viviana Faschi
Keywords: Lacan, Bateson, psychosis, Verwerfung, double bind, metaphor, metonymy


Jacques Lacan and Gregory Bateson, in ways that don’t always agree, highlight a close relationship between psychosis and the signifier, between psychosis and metaphor. On the one hand, Lacan theorises the concept of foreclosure of the Name-of-the-Father; on the other hand, regarding schizophrenia, Bateson coins the term double bind. This article, starting from these positions, wants to highlight how these difficulties that psychosis encounters in its relationship with the signifier are capable of having unprecedented implications for the life of the subject.