By Charles Freeland
A examine of Lacan’s engagement with the Western philosophical traditions of moral and political suggestion in his 7th seminar and later work.
With its privileging of the subconscious, Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic inspiration would appear to be at odds with the objectives and techniques of philosophy. Lacan himself embraced the time period “anti-philosophy” in characterizing his paintings, and but his seminars undeniably evince wealthy engagement with the Western philosophical culture. those essays discover how Lacan’s paintings demanding situations and builds in this culture of moral and political concept, connecting his “ethics of psychoanalysis” to either the classical Greek culture of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and to the Enlightenment culture of Kant, Hegel, and de Sade. Charles Freeland indicates how Lacan severely addressed a few of the key moral issues of these traditions: the pursuit of fact and the moral solid, the beliefs of self-knowledge and the care of the soul, and the relation of ethical legislation to the tragic dimensions of loss of life and wish. instead of maintaining the characterization of Lacan’s paintings as “anti-philosophical,” those essays establish a resonance able to enriching philosophy through beginning it to wider and evermore difficult perspectives.
“Freeland’s interpreting of Lacan is pretty philosophical not just simply because he examines the psychoanalyst’s bills to philosophical discourse, yet, extra forcefully, simply because his personal strategy isn't indebted to any of the at the moment dominant developments in psychoanalytic thought. This publication is as singular because it is insightful.” — Steven Miller, collage at Buffalo, kingdom collage of recent York
Charles Freeland is Lecturer and direction Coordinator, instructing philosophy and structure on the overseas application of layout and structure at Chulalongkorn college in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Extra resources for Antigone, in Her Unbearable Splendor: New Essays on Jacques Lacan's The Ethics of Psychoanalysis (SUNY series, Intersections: Philosophy and Critical Theory)
This marks the first ascension of the rat body into the discourses of science and knowledge, which is the discourse of mathematics. Submitted Toward an Ethics of Psychoanalysis 21 to the discipline of the maze, the rat becomes a “rat-unit,” and so, like all such units, it becomes something repeatable and replaceable. The key moment inside the maze—and the way out—is when the rat extends its paw and touches the button. The button is itself a sign, and when the rat reaches to touch it so that its “good,” its reward, will appear, an appearing made possible by the sign, the rat itself becomes a sign.
Second, the topography, which in Freud’s work first divided the human psyche into the three systems of the unconscious, the preconscious, and the conscious, and in a later topography divided into three agencies of the ego, superego, and the id. , nonintuitional) structural differentiation of the three fields of the imaginary, the symbolic, and the real. This is not just a metaphorical expression of the structure of the field of the psychoanalytic adventure; rather the topology is that structure itself.
It is not a love for the neighbor as Other that is at issue here. ” It is a question of a love—like the other passions of hatred and ignorance—that does not originate in us, certainly not in the depths of our souls, but that comes to us and is provided by this “Other” (Autre), by the Other as lack and by the lack that is in the Other. A questioning of truth, a question of making truth speak, is also an important part of Lacan’s seminars on ethics, and this both brings his discourse close to philosophy and maintains a distance from it.
Antigone, in Her Unbearable Splendor: New Essays on Jacques Lacan's The Ethics of Psychoanalysis (SUNY series, Intersections: Philosophy and Critical Theory) by Charles Freeland