Five Lessons on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Jacques Lacan

Five Lessons on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Jacques Lacan


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ISBN-13: 9780791438329
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/10/1998
Series: SUNY series in Psychoanalysis and Culture Series
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

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 Contents

Translators' Introduction

Five Lessons on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Jacques Lacan

Prefatory Remarks

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

Object a

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



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