Freud and the Desire of the Psychoanalyst

Freud and the Desire of the Psychoanalyst

by Serge Cottet

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Freud and the Desire of the Psychoanalyst by Serge Cottet

Freud's invention of psychoanalysis was based on his own desire to know something about the unconscious, but what have been the effects of this original desire on psychoanalysis ever since? How has Freud's desire created symptoms in the history of psychoanalysis? Has it helped or hindered its transmission?

Exploring these questions brings Serge Cottet to Lacan's concept of the psychoanalyst's desire: less a particular desire like Freud's and more a function, this is what allows analysts to operate in their practice. It emerges during analysis and is crucial in enabling the analysand to begin working with the unconscious of others when they take on the position of analyst themselves. What is this function and how can it be traced in Freud's work?

Cottet's book, first published in 1982 and revised in 1996, is a classic of Lacanian psychoanalysis. It is not only a scholarly study of Freud and Lacan, but a thought-provoking introduction to the key issues of Lacanian psychoanalysis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781855755925
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Series: Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research Library Series
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Serge Cottet is a psychoanalyst and a member of the Ecole de la Cause Freudienne. He is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND EDITION

PART I: FROM THE HYSTERIC TO FREUD’S DESIRE
CHAPTER ONE: Freud’s analytic act
CHAPTER TWO: Capturing the unconscious
CHAPTER THREE: Between two passions: the real and the signifier
CHAPTER FOUR: On Freud’s transference
CHAPTER FIVE: The case of Freud

PART II: THE PASSION FOR ORIGINS
CHAPTER SIX: Questioning the desire for truth
CHAPTER SEVEN: Truth and certitude
CHAPTER EIGHT: Reaching the real through constructions
CHAPTER NINE: Freud’s excavations and the archaeologist’s desire
CHAPTER TEN: Successful paranoia
CHAPTER ELEVEN: The Freudian myth

PART III: FREUDIAN ETHICS
CHAPTER TWELVE: The ethics of desire
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: Strategy and tactics
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: The analyst’s ideals
CHAPTER FIFTEEN: Desire and its discontents

PART IV: THE DESIRE OF THE OTHER
CHAPTER SIXTEEN: The psychoanalyst’s action
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: Socrates’s desire
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: The de-being of the analyst

CONCLUSION
REFERENCES
INDEX

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