Download e-book for iPad: An Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis by Dylan Evans

By Dylan Evans

ISBN-10: 0203135571

ISBN-13: 9780203135570

Publish yr note: First released may possibly 1st 1996 by means of Routledge

Jacques Lacan's considering revolutionised the idea and perform of psychoanalysis and had a tremendous effect in fields as diversified as movie experiences, literary feedback, feminist concept and philosophy. but his writings are infamous for his or her complexity and idiosyncratic kind.

Emphasising the medical foundation of Lacan's paintings, An Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis is a perfect significant other to his principles for readers in each self-discipline the place his impression is felt.

The Dictionary features:
• over two hundred entries, explaining Lacan's personal terminology and his use of universal psychoanalytic expressions
• info of the old and institutional context of Lacan's work
• connection with the origins of significant recommendations within the paintings of Freud, Saussure, Hegel and different key thinkers
• a chronology of Lacan's existence and works.

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One of Lacan’s main criticisms of ego-psychology and object-relations theory is that these schools A–Z 27 betrayed Freud’s discovery by returning to the pre-Freudian concept of the subject as an autonomous ego (S2, 11). 2. On another level, Lacan’s views can be seen not only as a subversion of the cogito, but also as an extension of it, for the cogito not only encapsulates the false equation subject=ego=consciousness which Lacan opposes, but also focuses attention on the concept of the SUBJECT, which Lacan wishes to retain.

The ethics of psychoanalysis enjoin analysands to recognise their own part in their sufferings. Thus when Dora complains about being treated as an object of exchange by the men around her, Freud’s first intervention is to confront her with her own complicity in this exchange (Ec, 218–19; see Freud, 1905e). being (être) Lacan’s use of the term ‘being’ introduces a metaphysical note to his discourse that distinguishes it from most other schools of psychoanalytic theory, which refuse to engage with their metaphysical and philosophical foundations (see E, 228).

Lacan argues that his refusal of biological reductionism is not a contradiction of Freud but a return to the essence of Freud’s work. When Freud used biological models, he did A–Z 19 so simply because biology was at that time a model of scientific rigour in general, and because the conjectural sciences had not then achieved the same degree of rigour. Freud certainly did not confuse psychoanalysis with biology or any other exact science, and when he borrowed concepts from biology (such as the concept of the drive) he reworked them in such a radical way that they become totally new concepts.

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