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Reeder, J. (2012). The Empty Core: Metapsychological Reflections Upon the Lost Object, an Ethical Order, and the Inevitable Void at the Center of Our Existence. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 35(1):35-44.

(2012). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 35(1):35-44

The Empty Core: Metapsychological Reflections Upon the Lost Object, an Ethical Order, and the Inevitable Void at the Center of Our Existence

Jurgen Reeder, Ph.D.

Psychoanalytical experience suggests that there is an empty core at the heart of desire and the object world. Such a void is often taken to be the result of loss, deprivation or faulty development. Without denying this possibility, it is argued that the sense of a void is also part of our mental make-up. Through a metapsychological reading of a theme developed by Lacan in his 7th seminar, the theme of an empty core is elaborated theoretically as the effect of a fundamental gap in the representational world of objects. On this basis, possible meanings of the lost object and of the subject's place in an ethical order are investigated.

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