The literal meaning of this Greek term is disappearance.
Aphanisis and Jacques Lacan
Lacan takes up Jones's term, but modifies it substantially.
Lacan also uses another term, 'fading', in a way that makes it synonymous with the term aphanisis.
Fading (a term which Lacan uses directly in English) refers to the disappearance of the subject in the process of alienation.
The term is used by Lacan when describing the mathemes of the drive and of fantasy: the subject 'fades' or 'disappears' in the face of demand and in the face of the object, as is shown by the fact that the subject is barred in these mathemes.
- Jones, 1927
- see S11, 208
- S11, 221
- S8, 271