The Ethics of Psychoanalysis The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: Book VII
A charismatic and controversial figure, Lacan is one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century and his work has revolutionized linguistics, philosophy, literature, psychology, cultural and media studies.
He gained his reputation as a lecturer, disseminating his ideas to audiences that included Jean-Paul Sartre and Luce Irigaray amongst other hugely influential names. The Ethics of Psychoanalysis is a transcript of his most important lecture series.
Including influential readings of Sophocles’ Antigone and Elizabethan courtly love poetry in relation to female sexuality, The Ethics of Psychoanalysis remains a powerful and controversial work that is still argued over today by the likes of Judith Butler and Slavoj Žižek.
"Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Georges Bataille had often urged Lacan to publish the text of his seminars: the influence of his teaching can be observed in works by Maurice Blanchot and Michel Foucault ... in Roland Barthes's studies on semiology and Louis Althusser's reading of Marx. But it can be felt still more basically [in] the current revival of interest in psychoanalysis . . . the desire for a return to origins which is a common factor in so many avenues of modern thought." The Times Literary Supplement