Five Lessons on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Jacques Lacan is the first English translation of a classic text by one of the foremost commentators on Lacan’s work. Juan-David Nasio makes numerous theoretical advances and eloquently demonstrates the clinical and practical import of Lacan’s theory, even in its most difficult or obscure moments. What is distinctive, in the end, about Nasio’s treatment of Lacan’s theory is the extent to which Lacan’s fundamental conceptsthe unconscious, jouissance, and the bodybecome the locus of the overturning or exceeding of the discrete boundaries of the individual. The recognition of the implications of Lacan’s psychoanalytic theory, then, brings the analyst to adopt what Nasio calls a “special listening.”
About the Author
Juan-David Nasio is a psychoanalyst in Paris and former member of the École Freudienne of Jacques Lacan. He teaches at the University of Paris VII (Sorbonne) and is the director of the Séminaires Psychanalytiques de Paris, a major center for psychoanalytical training and the dissemination of psychoanalytical thought to nonspecialists.
David Pettigrew is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University. François Raffoul is Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy at California State University, Stanislaus. Pettigrew and Raffoul have cotranslated The Title of the Letter: A Reading of Lacan by Jean-Luc Nancy and Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, and coedited Disseminating Lacan, both published by SUNY Press.
Table of ContentsTranslators' Introduction
Five Lessons on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Jacques Lacan
First Lesson: The Unconscious and Jouissance
First Principle: "The unconscious is structured like a language"
Second Principle: "There is no sexual relation"
Second Lesson: The Existence of the Unconscious
When can the unconscious be said to exist?
The unconscious manifests itself in "lalangue"
The unconscious is a structure that actualizes itself
The unconscious is the displacement of the signifier between the patient and the analyst
The subject of the unconscious
Third Lesson: The Concept of Object a
The therapeutic goal of psychoanalysis
The problem of the other
The formal status of object a
The "corporal" status of object a
The breast as object a
Summary on object a: the need-demand-desire triad
Fourth Lesson: Fantasy
That which is proper to psychoanalysis
Clinical observations on fantasy
The body as a core of jouissance
Fifth Lesson: The Body
Sexual, symbolic, and imaginary body
Partial body and jouissance
A clinical vignette
Formations of object a
Appendix: The Concept of the Subject of the Unconscious
Translated by Boris Belay
The relation of the subject to unconscious knowledge
The relation of the subject to logic
The relation of the subject to castration
The layered subject of the unconscious
The concept of unconscious knowledge