Subjectivity and Otherness: A Philosophical Reading of Lacan

Author(s) : Lorenzo Chiesa

Subjectivity and Otherness: A Philosophical Reading of Lacan

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  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Published : 2007
  • Category :
    Lacanian Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 26725
  • ISBN 13 : 9780262532945
  • ISBN 10 : 0262532948

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This is the evolution of the concept of subjectivity in the works of Jacques Lacan. Countering the call by some pro-Lacanians for an end to the exegesis of Lacan's work - and the dismissal by anti-Lacanians of Lacan as impossibly impenetrable - "Subjectivity and Otherness" argues for Lacan as a paradoxically systematic thinker, and for the necessity of a close analysis of his texts. Lorenzo Chiesa examines, from a philosophical perspective, the evolution of the concept of subjectivity in Lacan's work, carrying out a detailed reading of the Lacanian subject in its necessary relation to otherness according to Lacan's orders of the Imaginary, the Symbolic, and the Real. Chiesa emphasizes the continuity underlying apparently incompatible phases of Lacan's examination of the subject, describing Lacan's theory as a consistent philosophical system - but one that is constantly revised and therefore problematic. He analyzes each old theory of the subject within the framework of a new elaboration and reassesses its fundamental tenets from the perspective of a general psychoanalytic discourse that becomes increasingly complex. From the 1960s on, he writes, the Lacanian subject amounts to an irreducible lack that must be actively confronted and assumed; this subjectivized lack, Chiesa argues further, offers an escape from the contemporary impasse between the death of the subject alleged by postmodernism and a return to a traditional substantialist notion of the subject. An original treatment of psychoanalytic issues, "Subjectivity and Otherness" fills a significant gap in the existing literature on Lacan, taking seriously the need for a philosophical investigation of Lacanian concepts.

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