Four Fundamental Concepts Of Psychoanalysis

Paperback | June 2, 1998

byJacques Lacan

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This volume is based on a year's seminar in which Dr. Lacan addressed a larger, less specialized audience than ever before, among 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. Along the way he argues for a structural affinity between psychoanalysis and language, discusses the relation of psychoanalysis to religion, and reveals his particular stance on topics ranging from sexuality and death to alienation and repression. This book constitutes the essence of Dr. Lacan's sensibility.

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More than any single idea, psychology - the belief that we can examine, quantify and understand the human mind - has informed the culture of the 20th century. From the writings of Joyce, Faulkner and Pound to the work of Oates, Mamet and Hitchcock, psychoanalysis is subtly present everywhere in the art and ideas of the past 100 years. ...

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This volume is based on a year's seminar in which Dr. Lacan addressed a larger, less specialized audience than ever before, among 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," na...

Jacques-Alain Miller is Director of the Department of Psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII and editor of Lacan's Seminars.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 0.59 inPublished:June 2, 1998Publisher:WW Norton

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More than any single idea, psychology - the belief that we can examine, quantify and understand the human mind - has informed the culture of the 20th century. From the writings of Joyce, Faulkner and Pound to the work of Oates, Mamet and Hitchcock, psychoanalysis is subtly present everywhere in the art and ideas of the past 100 years. Lacan's The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis is one of the most important books on the subject, and picks up where Freud left off. Even taken independently of its influence, it is fascinating: a probing look at how the secret workings of our minds penetrate language, religion and virtually everything else.