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by Jacques-Alain Miller,Alan Sheridan,Jacques Lacan

Jacques Lacan's writings, and especially the seminars for which he has become famous, offer a controversial, radical reappraisal of the legacy bequeathed by Freud.

This volume is based on a year's seminar in which Dr. Lacan addressed a larger, less specialized audience than ever before, among whom he could not assume familiarity with his work. For his listeners then, and for his readers now, he wanted to "introduce a certain coherence into the major concepts on which psycho-analysis is based," namely, the unconscious, repetition, the transference, and the drive. Along the way he argues for a structural affinity between psychoanalysis and language, discusses the relation of psychoanalysis to religion, and reveals his particular stance on topics ranging from sexuality and death to alienation and repression. This book constitutes the essence of Dr. Lacan's sensibility.
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ISBN: 0393317757
ISBN13: 978-0393317756
Category: Medical Books
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Author: Jacques-Alain Miller,Alan Sheridan,Jacques Lacan
Language: English
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Revised edition (April 17, 1998)
Pages: 304 pages
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It would be difficult to think of anyone more important to both French psychology and Philosophy in post WWII Europe than Jacques Lacan. In my opinion he is far more important, and far more interesting as a thinke,r than Michel Foucault (for example). Of course his career began in around 1930 with his work on the "murderous maids" case, and continued on through the 1940s. But it was with the launch of his legendary seminars that Lacan really took off. From a Freudian standpoint it is fascinating to observe how someone who put himself forward as the leader of a return to the true Freud (and by implication as a rebel against ego psychology) struck out on new paths. From a philosophical standpoint it is equally fascinating to track his influence on some of the most important (at least to my way of thinking) French philosophers beginning in the 1960s and continuing on through the rather curious twists and turns in his thinking toward the end of his life. In terms of his philosophical influence Louis Althusser and Alain Badiou, who happen to be two of my favorite recent philosophers, come to mind.
Essential reading
Lacan must be read with care. He is not for everybody. He is for those who are interested in the mind, in desire, in language. Specifically, for those who have developed an interest in "theory" or "post-structuralism", which he helped to develop. In this volume Lacan sets out some key concepts in his thinking - but he does not do so systematically! Do not expect him to explain everything to you in a clear, linear fashion. Rather, he plays on words and on ideas, he maneuvers and evades, he skirts around the issue, and comes back to it. Have patience if you choose to read him - discuss his writings with others. If you do this, you may come to understand why Lacan is regarded with so much respect in France and has virtualy reared an entire generation of first-rate theorists and thinkers.
It will help (but will not guarantee understanding) if you have some background in Freud, even if it is only a slight one. Good luck!
This text appears to be of different quality than one would expect either from Norton or from the Seminar of Jacques Lacan series.
This book is essencial to those who think about studying or being a psychoanalyst!
Turning point in the work of Jacques Lacan, it gives us a complete review of the freudian's concepts!
Lacan is not easy to follow, by intent, yet the elegance of his thought processes bring real depth to psychoanalysis and the limitations of language in expressing our evolutionary struggles to identify the conflict between our internal processes and the world outside. Multiple rereadings will bring clarity. I keep a copy in my office for reference.
Incomprehensible. But that's Lacan and as expected.
this is jacques lacan's 11th seminar. he said this seminar had two aims, one of concern to analysts and the other to those interested in discovering whether psycho-analysis is a science.

and before lacan began his talk about the four fundamental concepts of psycho-analysis, he thanked his hosts for space in the ecole normal superieure after his excommunication from the international psycho-analytical association, and paralleled his excommunication from the predominantly english speaking psycho-analytical organization with spinoza's excommunication from the church in 1656, exactly two hundred years before the birth of freud. in his opening remarks lacan informs his listeners that the word fundamental in latin, fundamentum, has several meanings, one of the word's meaning identified with the word pudendum. what better way to capture his listeners' attention? talk of female genitalia is expected to be as scandalous as once was knowledge of the holy scripture beyond the walls of the monastery, and left to the authorities, the church fathers, to disseminate exclusively from father to acolyte. so here with his 11th seminar lacan spoke of the four fundamental concepts of psycho-analysis, a topic intended for the acolyte and the layman within the psycho-analytical community, and, with his permission, his spoken words to be arranged as text to be published for any and all curious readers. rest assured, the guardians of the secrets know lacan's seminars are far less known than the bible, or perhaps, unfortunately, as popular as the works of spinoza within the walls of the university.

attending lacan's first seminar at the ecole normal superieure is the 19 year old jacques-alain miller, the future editor of lacan's papers. several of miller's questions to lacan at the seminar appear in the text.

in the 11th lacan took his 1st step, to the unconscious. and his 2nd step to the concept, repetition, freudian repetition, and the experience of psycho-analysis. he discussed trauma, the real, phantasy and the dream, and mentioned kierkegaard's `repetition'.

inspired by merleau ponty's last book `the visible and the invisible,' lacan inserted between the 2nd and 3rd steps, an expiation of the scopic function and the gaze, optics, art, sartre, and descartes as scientist, mathematician and philosopher, before addressing the two remaining concepts, transference and drive.

and by delineating differences and similaries in meaning and use of terminology and concepts, lacan explored, in addition to whether psycho-analysis is a science, the suggested question, if psycho-analysis might not also be an art form or a branch of philosophy, or a member of linguistics. as fun and as freewheeling as lacan seemed to be, he made clear what he was teaching was a grave undertaking.