, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 325–339 | Cite as

Severality: Beyond the Compression of the Cogito

  • Calum NeillEmail author
Original Article


This paper explores a Lacanian approach towards inter-subjectivity and a consideration of how such an approach might impact constructively on social psychology. Drawing largely on the work of Bracha Ettinger, the paper will consider questions of alterity and the possibility of an alternative approach to thinking relations with others and will seek to elaborate a new vocabulary for such a thinking through Ettinger's use of such border concepts as trans-subjectivity and wit(h)nessing. Through the foregoing, the paper will seek to critically reconsider the place of the social in social psychology and the possibility of thinking the social in a manner not reducible to separateness and self-identity.


Ettinger intersubjectivity Lacan matrixial self social 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Napier UniversityEdinburghUK

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