pascal mettens: wouldn’t the infans no longer be what it used to be ? An etymological approach

By proceeding to an etymological analysis of the term infans as surging from the lacanian thought, the author shows how, the question of reaching language being put, as it was, by the structuralist preoccupations, hinders that of the surge of the symbolical, as understood in a wider anthropological perspective. Being re-located thus, the resolution of the oedipus complex appears to be the child’s giving up of some kind of ill-luck (cens) and submission to rules to which he can only object to since they deprive him of his freedom. However, reversely, the oedipus complex will only make sense afterwards at adolescence within a revivival which will not be dealt with here.