9780262532945

Subjectivity and Otherness

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    9780262532945

  • ISBN10:

    0262532948

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-09-30
  • Publisher: Mit Pr
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Summary

Countering the call by some "pro-Lacanians" for an end to the exegesis of Lacan's work-and the dismissal by "anti-Lacanians" of Lacan as impossibly impenetrable-Subjectivity and Othernessargues for Lacan as a "paradoxically systematic" thinker, and for the necessity of a close analysis of his texts. Lorenzo Chiesa examines, from a philosophical perspective, the evolution of the concept of subjectivity in Lacan's work, carrying out a detailed reading of the Lacanian subject in its necessary relation to otherness according to Lacan's orders of the Imaginary, the Symbolic, and the Real. Chiesa emphasizes the continuity underlying apparently incompatible phases of Lacan's examination of the subject, describing Lacan's theory as a consistent philosophical system-but one that is constantly revised and therefore problematic. Chiesa analyzes each "old" theory of the subject within the framework of a "new" elaboration and reassesses its fundamental tenets from the perspective of a general psychoanalytic discourse that becomes increasingly complex. From the 1960s on, writes Chiesa, the Lacanian subject amounts to an irreducible lack that must be actively confronted and assumed; this "subjectivized lack," Chiesa argues further, offers an escape from the contemporary impasse between the "death of the subject" alleged by postmodernism and a return to a traditional "substantialist" notion of the subject. An original treatment of psychoanalytic issues, Subjectivity and Othernessfills a significant gap in the existing literature on Lacan, taking seriously the need for a philosophical investigation of Lacanian concepts.

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. 2
The Subject Of The Imaginary (Other)
The Subject of the Imaginary (Other)p. 12
Introduction: The Subject and the Egop. 13
"Je est une autre": The (De)formative Function of the Image and the Mirror Stagep. 14
Hainamoration, Ideal Ego and Ego-Ideap. 19
Consciousness, the Unconscious, and the Complexesp. 26
The Subject Of The Symbolic (Other)
The Unconscious Structured Like a Languagep. 34
Introduction: From the Small to the Big Otherp. 35
The Function of Speechp. 37
The Notion of Messagep. 41
Signifier, Signified, Letterp. 46
Oedipus as a Metaphorp. 60
Introduction: Entering the Symbolicp. 61
The Mythical State before Frustration, and Primordial Frustrationp. 65
The Dialectic of Frustration, or, the First ("Pre-Oedipal") Stage of the Oedipus Complexp. 67
The Second and Third Stages of the Oedipus Complexp. 75
Sexuation and the Feminine Oedipus Complexp. 82
The Paternal Metaphor, the Name-of-the-Father, and the Phallusp. 88
The Oedipus Complex and the Birth of the Unconsciousp. 96
The Subject Of The Real (Other)
There Is No Other of the Otherp. 104
Introductionp. 105
From "There Is an Other of the Other"...p. 107
...to "There Is No Other of the Other"p. 115
What Is the "Real"?p. 125
The Subject Of The Fantasy...And Beyondp. 140
The Subject of the Fantasy and the Function of the Death Drive: An Overviewp. 141
The Subject of the Fantasy and Desirep. 151
The Subject of the Fantasy and the Object p. 156
Pure Desire, Jouissance, and the Ethics of Psychoanalysisp. 167
J'ouis-sens, Jouis-sens, Jouis-sansp. 183
Notesp. 193
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