The Unary Trait of Psychoanalysis. Identification, Transmission, Generation

  • Matteo Bonazzi


The present contribution aims to discuss the function that the notion of trait acquires in the psychoanalytic discourse, at first in Freud and then in Lacan. This notion looks pivotal for a psychoanalytic theory on the subject of the unconscious. At the same time, its articulation displays a remarkable originality that can contribute to philosophical reflections on the topic of cultural traits.


Unary trait Psychoanalysis Identification Lacan Freud 



Italian to English translation by Pietro Bianchi.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.“Riccardo Massa” Department of Educational Human SciencesUniversity of Milano - BicoccaMilanItaly

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