To distinguish between norm and law with regard to sexuality appears to be a major task awaiting clinical theory. To conceptualize this distinction, we must consider how the norm, as an epistemological function, has emerged over the last eighty years, and the various ways it has been read in Canguilhem, Foucault, and Butler.
Suggested Readings Georges Canguilhem, Le normal et le pathologique (1943) [The Normal and the Pathological, Zone Books]. Michel Foucault (1976), La volonté de savoir (1976 ) [The History of Sexuality, vol. I: The Will to Knowledge]. Judith Butler, Undoing Gender (2004). Éric Marty, Le sexe des Modernes (2021).
André Michels is a psychoanalyst practicing in Luxembourg and Paris, and a member of the Après-Coup faculty. He is the co-editor of the Jahrbuch für klinische Psychoanalyse,, editor of Actualité de l’hystérie, and author of numerous articles on psychoanalysis.
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