Conversations with Lacan: Seven Lectures for Understanding Lacan

Author(s) : Sergio Benvenuto

Conversations with Lacan: Seven Lectures for Understanding Lacan

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : December 2019
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 186
  • Category :
    Lacanian Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 94914
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367148812
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367148

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Conversations with Lacan: Seven Lectures for Understanding Lacan brings a unique, non-partisan approach to the work of Jacques Lacan, linking his psychoanalytic theory and ideas to broader debates in philosophy and the social sciences, in a book that shows how it is possible to see the value of Lacanian concepts without necessarily being defined by them.

In accessible, conversational language, the book provides a clear-sighted overview of the key ideas within Lacan's work, situating them at the apex of the linguistic turn. It deconstructs the three Lacanian orders - the symbolic, the imaginary, and the real - as well as a range of core Lacanian concepts, including alienation and separation, apres-coup, and the Lacanian doctrine of temporality. Arguing that criticism of psychoanalysis for a lack of scientificity should be accepted by the discipline, the book suggests that the work of Lacan can be helpful in re-conceptualizing the role of psychoanalysis in the future.

This accessible introduction to the work of Jacques Lacan will be essential reading for anyone coming to Lacan for the first time, as well as clinicians and scholars already familiar with his work. It will appeal to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, and scholars of philosophy and cultural studies.

About the Author(s)

Sergio Benvenuto is a psychoanalyst in Rome, president of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Psychoanalysis (ISAP), and a scientific researcher in the Institute of Sciences and Technologies of Cognition at the Italian Council for Scientific Research (CNR) in Rome. He is professor meritus in Psychoanalysis at the International Institute of Psychology of Depth/University of Nice in Kiev. He is also the founder and editor of EJ?. European Journal of Psychoanalysis, published both online and in print.

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