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BISPO, Fábio Santos; SOUZA, Marcelo Fonseca Gomes de  and  JUNIOR, Moisés de Andrade. Is there a place for sublimation in contemporary social bonds?. Psicol. rev. (Belo Horizonte) [online]. 2009, vol.15, n.1, pp.177-195. ISSN 1677-1168.

This article investigates the concept of sublimation, as approached by Lacan in his seventh seminar, focusing on the social bonds conceivable in contemporary life: how can we consider sublimation in the contemporary world without mistaking it for symptom? The first part investigates the object of sublimation, das Ding, evoked by Lacan when he defines that process as the object’s elevation to the status of das Ding. In the second part, the difference between symptom and sublimation is defined, making an analogy with the difference between wit and lapsus: provoking a fissure in the linguistic code is a function of wit, and equally of sublimation. In the third part, contemporary social bonds that ratify and value the sublimated object are analyzed. This social value is insufficient to affirm its status of sublimated object, and we must include a reflection on the way towards satisfaction involved in its production and the jouissance evoked in the social bond in each case.

Keywords : sublimation; symptom; das Ding; wit; social bonds.

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