n.1.Each particular taken singly; distinction.
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In this sense the matrixial is a principle of severality (at least two) that supplements the phallic processes of separation, and is the basis for ethical encounter--an encounter that does not destroy or paralyse the other, but allows the other to be, without colonization, intrusion, or knowing.
If there were always at least two, if the subject emerges out of co-affective exchange under the conditions of severality, then subjectivity is the singularization (or unity) of being with others in such a way that we cannot know or predict.
This would mean that the matrixial is the capacity for sharing time born out of severality (the more than two, but not too many), that provides the psychic support for making an attachment to a generation, which is no longer a group, as such, but an attachment to time--to belong to 'my time'.
This mode of psychic activity--in which nascent I and unknown non-I appear as partial subjects in co-emergence, in which no opposition exists between subject and object, and in which fantasies are shared in "severality" beyond the boundaries of individual psyches--is not obliterated by the subject's emergence into language (as it must be for orthodox Lacanians, since the radical foreclosure of the Real is the condition of entry to the Symbolic register).
It is a kind of "I-am-already-out-there" effect that marks participation in severality. Art is, again, a privileged site for the production of such effects, and readers of this journal may find this concept especially useful.
Both the Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation testify to the diffusion of authority in postrevolutionary America as they figure the United States as a federation of states that, in their severality, retain a great many sovereign prerogatives.
(25.) Other important historical moments that inform the novel are the Dawes Land Severality Act of 1887, the Indian Reorganization Act in 1934, and the building of dams on several Montana rivers in the 1940s.
The trajectories and effects of the matrixial field shed light on sexual difference as a question that women direct not to a man, but to another woman-m/Other-encounter, to a subject conceived as alike-non-same, from whom one is differentiating-in-joining and from whom one in severality can open a distance but only in proximity.
Ettinger's (2004:77) concept of "metramorphosis" is particularly telling: "Metramorphosis is a process of inter-psychic communication and transformation that transgresses the borders of the individual subject and takes place between several entities." In this regard, Ettinger uses the concept "severality".