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The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho-Analysis

1st Edition

By Jacques Lacan

Edited by Jacques Alain Miller


302 pages

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The author'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 not assume familiarity with his work. For his listeners then, and for his readers now, 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?"

Table of Contents

Preface to the English-Language Edition -- Editor's Note -- Excommunication -- The Unconscious and Repetition -- The Freudian Unconscious and Ours -- Of the Subject of Certainty -- Of the Network of Signifiers -- Tuché and Automaton -- Of The Gaze as Objet Petit a -- The Split between the Eye and the Gaze -- Anamorphosis -- The Line and Light -- What is a Picture? -- The Transference and the Drive -- Presence of the Analyst -- Analysis and Truth or the Closure of the Unconscious -- Sexuality in the Defiles of the Signifier -- The Deconstruction of the Drive -- The Partial Drive and its Circuit -- From Love to the Libido -- The Field of the Other and back to the Transference -- The Subject and the Other: Alienation -- The Subject and the Other: Aphanisis -- Of the Subject Who is Supposed to Know, of the First Dyad, and of the Good -- From Interpretation to the Transference -- To Conclude -- In You More than You -- Translator's Note

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PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health