|Title:||Lacan and Maturana: Constructivist Origins for a 3rd order Cybernetics|
|Author:||Philip Boxer & Vincent Kenny|
|Where Published:||University Association for Psychoanalytic Studies Newsletter, Issue 5 Winter pp5-28|
We examine some difficulties in the use made of second-order cybernetics, and the absence within radical constructivism of a theory of the subject. We introduce Lacan’s approach to the subject particularly in the structure of discourse. We consider the implications this conception has both in the need for a third-order cybernetics, and for a formulation of an ethics based on calling into question the subject’s relation to this third order as it manifests itself in transference.