The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis by Jacques Lacan (Paperback, 2004)
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- DescriptionDr Lacan's writings, and especially the seminars for which he has become famous, have provoked intense controversies in French analytic circles, requiring as they do a radical reappraisal of the legacy bequeathed by Freud. This volume is based on a year's seminar, which is of particular importance because he was addressing a larger, less specialist audience than ever before, amongst whom he could t assume familiarity with his work. For his listeners then, and for his readers w, he wanted to introduce a certain coherence into the major concepts on which psycho-analysis is based , namely the unconscious, repetition, the transference and the drive.In re-defining these four concepts he explores the question that, as he puts it, moves from Is psycho-analysis a science? to What is a science that includes psycho-analysis? Dr Lacan argues in particular that there is a structural affinity between psycho-analysis, construed as the science of the unconscious, and language - the science of linguistics being one of the significant discoveries of our time. He also discusses the relation of psycho-analysis to religion, and reveals his particular stance on a wide range of topics, such as sexuality and death, love and libido, alienation, interpretation, repression and desire.This book constitutes the essence of Dr Lacan's sensibility. There is clearer statement of the ideas and issues which have aroused such passionate reactions in France, and which can w gain the hearing they deserve in the English-speaking world.
- Author BiographyJacques Lacan (1901-1981) came to psychoanalysis by way of medicine and psychiatry. In 1951 he turned his attention to the training of analysts, and this was one of the issues which led him and his circle to part company with the Societe Psychanalytique de Paris. He became, in 1953, the first President of a new group, the Societe Francaise de Psychanalyse, whose declared aim was a return to the true teaching of Freud. Eleven years later the Societe Francaise was dissolved and, under Lacan's direction, gave birth to the Ecole Freudienne de Paris. Jacques Lacan was a practising psychoanalyst and teacher up until his death in 1981.
- Author(s)Jacques Lacan
- PublisherKarnac Books
- Date of Publication01/01/2004
- SubjectPsychiatry & Clinical Psychology: Professional
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintKarnac Books
- Width147 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Edited byJacques Alain Miller
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