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Lacan For Beginners

Lacan For Beginners

by Phillip Hill, David Leach
     
 

ISBN-10: 1934389390

ISBN-13: 9781934389393

Pub. Date: 08/25/2009

Publisher: For Beginners

Jacques Lacan is probably the most influential psychoanalyst since Freud (of the roughly 20,000 psychoanalysts in the world, about half are ‘Lacanians’) yet most people know nothing about him. The 10,000 analysts who use Lacan’s ideas, work mostly in France, Spain, Italy, and South America. To the rest of the world, including England and America,

Overview

Jacques Lacan is probably the most influential psychoanalyst since Freud (of the roughly 20,000 psychoanalysts in the world, about half are ‘Lacanians’) yet most people know nothing about him. The 10,000 analysts who use Lacan’s ideas, work mostly in France, Spain, Italy, and South America. To the rest of the world, including England and America, Lacan is a genius-in-waiting, due to be ‘discovered’ any day now.
Despite (or because of) his brilliance, Lacan is incredibly difficult to understand. He wrote with an obscure, almost impenetrable style that casually refers to philosophy, linguistics, mathematics, etc.–and to make matters worse, his ideas changed over the years. (At this point, any rational person must be wondering, ‘What good is Lacan’s brilliance if I can’t understand his ideas?’)
Lacan For Beginners by Philip Hill addresses that question with great clarity without oversimplifying Lacan’s ideas. Hill introduces the reader to Lacan’s theories and their relation to clinical practice in twelve elegantly structured chapters, designed around tantalizing questions that serve to clarify Lacan’s ideas.
Lacan For Beginners is written with clarity, insight, and wit and illustrated with examples from popular culture and cinema. The artwork is humorous and informative, and works with the text. So don’t you think it is about time you become familiar with his work?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934389393
Publisher:
For Beginners
Publication date:
08/25/2009
Series:
For Beginners
Pages:
169
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction. What is psychoanalysis? What have images got to do with it? What does the ego do?,
Chapter 2 What has language got to do with psychoanalysis? What did Lacan mean when he said that 'the unconscious is structured like a language'?,
Chapter 3 Lacan's theory of 'the real' as the 'impossible to soy' that always returns.,
Chapter 4 'Jouissance' or sexual enjoyment and desire. Is sexual enjoyment something that only happens in intercourse? How are 'need', 'demand' and 'desire' differentiated?,
Chapter 5 Objects and their subject.,
Chapter 6 The Four Discourses: four ways of speaking and being.,
Chapter 7 Overview of psychopathology: focus on perversion, hysteria and obsessional neurosis.,
Chapter 8 What is psychosis?,
Chapter 9 What is feminine sexuality? What does it mean to be a woman?,
Chapter 10 What is topology? and: What does it have to do with time? Why do Lacanians use variable length sessions?,
Chapter 11 What is the good of psychoanalysis? and: What is the meaning of life?,
Chapter 12 Review.,
GLOSSARY,
BIBLIOGRAPHY by chapter with suggestions for further reading,
INDEX,

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