The Title of the Letter: A Reading of Lacan (SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)

The Title of the Letter: A Reading of Lacan (SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)

by Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jean-Luc Nancy, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe
     
 

This book is a close reading of Jacques Lacan’s seminal essay, “The Agency of the Letter in the Unconscious or Reason Since Freud, ” selected for the particular light it casts on Lacan’s complex relation to linguistics, psychoanalysis, and philosophy. It clarifies the way Lacan renews or transforms the psychoanalytic field, through his… See more details below

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This book is a close reading of Jacques Lacan’s seminal essay, “The Agency of the Letter in the Unconscious or Reason Since Freud, ” selected for the particular light it casts on Lacan’s complex relation to linguistics, psychoanalysis, and philosophy. It clarifies the way Lacan renews or transforms the psychoanalytic field, through his diversion of Saussure’s theory of the sign, his radicalization of Freud’s fundamental concepts, and his subversion of dominant philosophical values. The authors argue, however, that Lacan’s discourse is marked by a deep ambiguity: while he invents a new “language,” he nonetheless maintains the traditional metaphysical motifs of systemacity, foundation, and truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791409626
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/01/1992
Series:
SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
151
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.45(d)

Table of Contents

Translators' Preface

Foreword

Setting the Scene

A Turn of Reading

Part I The Logic of the Signifier

1. The Science of the Letter

2. Algorithm and Operation

3. The Tree of the Signifier

4. Signifiance

Part II The Strategy of the Signifier

1. Strategy

2. System and Combination

3. Truth "Homologated"

Index

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