The Philosopher's Desire: Psychoanalysis, Interpretation, and Truth

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“This tightly wound and carefully crafted treatise reads like wonderful detective fiction. It brings together dominant twentieth-century interpretive practices usually understood to be in opposition to one another in order to focus on a singular object of interpretation they have in common: that of the philosopher’s desire. In tying together psychoanalysis, phenomenological hermeneutics, deconstruction, and literary practice, this book makes a significant contribution to the current fields of psychoanalysis and ...
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Overview


“This tightly wound and carefully crafted treatise reads like wonderful detective fiction. It brings together dominant twentieth-century interpretive practices usually understood to be in opposition to one another in order to focus on a singular object of interpretation they have in common: that of the philosopher’s desire. In tying together psychoanalysis, phenomenological hermeneutics, deconstruction, and literary practice, this book makes a significant contribution to the current fields of psychoanalysis and criticism in general and establishes its author as a leading theorist of psychoanalytic commentary.”—Gregg Lambert, Syracuse University
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"Egginton provides a thorough but theoretical discussion of the notion of interpretation as it relates to literary and philosophical texts. Relying on the work of major literary, psychoanalytic, and cultural critics, Egginton problematizes the idea that authors can be distinct from their interpretations... [A] valuable contribution to the study of literature, literary criticism, psychoanalysis, and cultural studies."—CHOICE

"This tightly wound and carefully crafted treatise reads like wonderful detective fiction. It brings together dominant twentieth-century interpretive practices usually understood to be in opposition to one another in order to focus on a singular object of interpretation they have in common: that of the philosopher's desire. In tying together psychoanalysis, phenomenological hermeneutics, deconstruction, and literary practice, this book makes a significant contribution to the current fields of psychoanalysis and criticism in general and establishes its author as a leading theorist of psychoanalytic commentary."—Gregg Lambert, Syracuse University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804756006
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2007
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


William Egginton is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature at The Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Perversity and Ethics (Stanford, 2006) and How the World Became a Stage: Presence, Theatricality, and the Question of Modernity(2003).
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Prologue: Interpretive Strings     1
The Interpretation String     7
The Bipolar Logos     7
The Awakening     14
The Fault-Line     25
The Psychosis String     38
The Incommunicable World     39
The Exclusion of the Other     50
Reality and Uncertainty     57
Psychosis and Interpretation     64
To Space or Not to Space     71
The Purloined String     83
Death and the Signifier     84
Truth to the Letter     92
The Racketeer of Truth     99
The Temporality String     106
Of Time and Spacing     107
Vulgar Time     118
Original Time     123
Memorious Time     131
Epilogue: The Sense of Certainties to Come     139
Notes     147
Index     165
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