SUBJECTIVITY IN THE MAKING
Desire is produced in the beyond of the demand, in that, in
articulating the life of the subject according to its conditions,
demand cuts off the need from that life. … In this embodied
aporia, of which one might say that it borrows, as it were, its
heavy soul from the hardy shoots of the wounded drive, and
its subtle body from the death actualized in the signifying se-
quence, desire is affirmed as the absolute condition.
—Jacques Lacan, “The Direction of the Treatment and the
Principles of Its Power,” Ecrits
It is I who support the Other and am responsible for him.
One thus sees that in the human subject, at the same time as
a total subjection, my primogeniture manifests itself. My re-
sponsibility is untransferable, no one could replace me.… Re-
sponsibility is what is incumbent on me exclusively, and
what, humanly, I cannot refuse. I am I in the sole measure
that I am responsible, a non-interchangeable I.I can substitute
myself for everyone, but no one can substitute himself for me.
Such is my inalienable identity of subject. It is in this precise
sense that Dostoyevsky said: “We are all responsible for all
men before all, and I more than all the others.”
—Emmanuel Levinas, Ethics and Infinity