By Juan-David Nasio
5 classes at the Psychoanalytic idea of Jacques Lacan is the 1st English translation of a vintage textual content by means of one of many best commentators on Lacan's paintings. Juan-David Nasio makes quite a few theoretical advances and eloquently demonstrates the scientific and sensible import of Lacan's concept, even in its such a lot tough or vague moments. what's specified, after all, approximately Nasio's therapy of Lacan's concept is the level to which Lacan's basic concepts--the subconscious, jouissance, and the body--become the locus of the overturning or exceeding of the discrete limitations of the person. the popularity of the results of Lacan's psychoanalytic conception, then, brings the analyst to undertake what Nasio calls a ''special listening.''
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Extra resources for Five Lessons on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Jacques Lacan
The displacement of the signifier determines the subjects in their acts, their destiny; their refusal, their blindness, in their success and in their fate, regardless of their innate gifts and their social conditioning, regardless of their character or sex, the train of the signifier will follow, in spite of those conditions . . Jacques Lacan I would like to return now to the logic of the signifying pair, and draw a first very important consequence from them, for our work with our analysands.
He substituted the question of "how" for that of "where," and by asking how, he names and formalizes. A problem appears, it proves insoluble, one then baptizes it a letter, and gives it a name, and with this name the work continues until progressively the opacity of the question clears up. Henri Poincaré always recalled that the most difficult step in research is the baptism of the aporia with the right name, at the right time. Rather than adopt the Freudian terms of the repressed and the return of the repressed, Lacan preferred to name and above all to write.
One can then say that the "foreclosed subject" is the subject that is absent from scientific discourse. Now, you ask which subject I mean. Is it the individual? No. I have already shown you that the egoistic unity of the individual is subverted by the concept of the unconscious. Thus it is necessary to think of another status of the "individual" one that is different from the individual that we normally think of as a person having a specific name and body. What is that other status of the "individual" that is neither an ego nor a person and page_69 Page 70 and which, I claim, is at the center of our analytic work and absent from scientific discourse?