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Chiasmi International

Volume 22, 2020

Mirrors and Other Technologies

Matteo Bonazzi
Pages 171-185

“L’uomo è specchio per l’uomo”. Merleau-Ponty, Lacan e la nascita prolungata

This essay investigates the question of the birth of the subject through Lacan’s and Merleau-Ponty’s reflections on the function of the mirror, specularity, and the speculative. The first section draws on the “duplication” of self-consciousness described by Hegel in the first pages of Phenomenology of Spirit. The question of the double and the mirror is then examined through the three main versions of Lacan’s mirror stage, interpreted in light of Merleau-Ponty’s own reflections. Finally, I draw on passages from The Prose of the World and Eye and Mind to illustrate an original convergence with questions raised by Lacan’s late teachings.

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