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Law and Critique

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 201–230 | Cite as

Sinthome Law: Theoretical Constructions upon Lacan’s Concept of the Sinthome

  • Jamie MurrayEmail author
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Abstract

Lacan’s psychoanalytical theory is of interest to legal theorists for a number of reasons. In particular, the concept of the Name of the Father allows a sophisticated theorisation of law and legal institutions. However, the Name of the Father was not Lacan’s only theory of law. In his final Seminars, Lacan developed a second and fundamentally different theory of law: the sinthome. By drawing upon Roberto Harari’s commentary on Lacan’s concept of the sinthome, the sinthome can be investigated in terms of topology, chaos, and morphogenetic theories. This can allow a complex theory of the sinthome to be put forward as real, immanent, emergent ordering through the de-limiting of singularities. From this a concept of Sinthome Law can be developed as a novel concept of law, and as a potential way to understand some contemporary problematics in law. The example of the emerging law on electronic signatures is introduced to indicate this.

Keywords

chaos Harari Lacan legality sinthome Sinthome Law 

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© Springer 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of LawLiverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpool

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