The Seductions of Psychoanalysis: Freud, Lacan and Derrida by John ForresterThe Seductions of Psychoanalysis: Freud, Lacan and Derrida by John Forrester

The Seductions of Psychoanalysis: Freud, Lacan and Derrida

byJohn Forrester

Paperback | October 25, 1991

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The Seductions of Psychoanalysis reflects on the history of psychoanalysis, its conceptual foundations and its relation to other disciplines. John Forrester probes the origins of psychoanalysis and its most beguiling concept, the transference, which is at once its institutional axis and experimental core. He explores the most seductive of all recent psychoanalytic traditions, that inspired by Jacques Lacan, whose radical questioning of psychoanalytic effects has been continued implicitly by Michel Foucault and explicitly by Jacques Derrida. Other key questions addressed include the significance of speech in the talking cure, and the relationship between the 'real' of psychoanalysis and the fictionality of the 'truth' it offers. Dr Forrester also focuses on the relationship between psychoanalysis and the feminine, on analysis and gossip, on the borderline of seduction and rape, and on the women who have played such a crucial role in the history of psychoanalysis, as patients, analysts or both.
John Forrester was born in London, England on August 25, 1949. He graduated from King's College, Cambridge University with a degree in natural sciences. A Fulbright scholarship took him to Princeton University and work with Thomas Kuhn. He was a professor in the department of history and philosophy of science at Cambridge University. H...
Title:The Seductions of Psychoanalysis: Freud, Lacan and DerridaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:October 25, 1991Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521424666

ISBN - 13:9780521424660


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. The Temptation of Sigmund Freud: 1. The true story of Anna O.; 2. Contracting the disease of love: authority and freedom in the origins of psychoanalysis; 3. Freud, Dora and the untold pleasures of psychoanalysis; 4. Rape, seduction, psychoanalysis; 5. '' ... a perfect likeness of the past''; Part II. The Moment of Jacques Lacan: A note on Translation; 6. ''In place of an introduction'', The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, books I & II; 7. What the psychoanalyst does with words: Austin, Lacan and the speech acts of psychoanalysis; 8. Dead on time: Lacan''s theory of temporality; Part III. The Destiny of Psychoanalysis: 9. Who is in analysis with whom? Freud, Lacan, Derrida; 10. Psychoanalysis: gossip, telepathy and/or science?; 11. Transference and the stenographer: on Dostoevsky''s The Gambler; 12. Michel Foucault and the history of psychoanalysis; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Forrester interprets and develops Freud in extremely interesting ways, describing the discursive richness, intensity, and difficulties inherent in the 'analytic position' and vividly portraying the nature and structure of psychoanalytic discourse....The section on Lacan is especially clear....This excellent collection of essays is recommended...." Choice