By Charles Freeland
A research of Lacan’s engagement with the Western philosophical traditions of moral and political idea in his 7th seminar and later work.
With its privileging of the subconscious, Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic proposal would appear to be at odds with the pursuits and techniques of philosophy. Lacan himself embraced the time period “anti-philosophy” in characterizing his paintings, and but his seminars undeniably evince wealthy engagement with the Western philosophical culture. those essays discover how Lacan’s paintings demanding situations and builds in this culture of moral and political inspiration, connecting his “ethics of psychoanalysis” to either the classical Greek culture of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and to the Enlightenment culture of Kant, Hegel, and de Sade. Charles Freeland indicates how Lacan seriously addressed a few of the key moral matters of these traditions: the pursuit of fact and the moral strong, the beliefs of self-knowledge and the care of the soul, and the relation of ethical legislations to the tragic dimensions of demise and wish. instead of maintaining the characterization of Lacan’s paintings as “anti-philosophical,” those essays determine a resonance in a position to enriching philosophy via establishing it to wider and evermore demanding perspectives.
“Freeland’s analyzing of Lacan is rather philosophical not just simply because he examines the psychoanalyst’s accounts to philosophical discourse, yet, extra forcefully, simply because his personal process isn't indebted to any of the at the moment dominant tendencies in psychoanalytic idea. This e-book is as singular because it is insightful.” — Steven Miller, collage at Buffalo, country college of latest York
Charles Freeland is Lecturer and direction Coordinator, educating philosophy and structure on the foreign application of layout and structure at Chulalongkorn collage in Bangkok, Thailand.
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A discreditable academic career with the barest of B. A. degrees, no medical qualifications, no knowledge of physical sciences, no expe rience of anything except third-rate journalism. The only thing i n my favour was that at the age of thirty I wrote a letter out of the blue to Freud, asking him if he would take me on as a student. For some reason he replied, almost by return of post, that he would, and I spent a couple of years in Vienna . . It is perhaps worth adding that the words Tor some reason* may have been an allusion to the help he had received from Jones, who had also written to Freud, on 7 May 1920, asking if there was any hope that he might be able to accept for analysis a certain Mr.
She tells us that she felt comfortable w i t h the Freud family, b u t she had difficulty w i t h the Professor's wife's sister, who was jealous of her because she used to joke w i t h the Professor and make h i m laugh. 'What will you do here by yourself? * the Professor had asked her at the time of the emigration—and thus i t was that she had gone w i t h the family. A n interesting reconstruction of the private life of Freud and his family through Paula's eyes can be found i n the book, Alltag bei Familie Freud.
There is, however, no record i n any of these diaries of Freud's having spoken to his students about his analysis of Anna [cf. the famous letter to E. Weiss (1970) dated 1 Novem ber 1935, i n which Freud advises h i m not to accept his own son for a training analysis, although he says, ' I n m y case i t went well w i t h my daughter*]. —was one of the main sub jects of conversation among them during the long hours they spent together i n the cafes of Vienna between sessions. However, there was a very big difference between, on the one hand, the type of attention apparently given by Freud to the various communications of the patient, to which he usually replied on the same level, disregarding the possible asso ciations and communications connected w i t h the fantasies prevalent i n that session and at that particular moment i n the development of the transference, and, on the other hand, his acute and sometimes amazing ear for the patient's dream material and spontaneous associations.
Antigone, in Her Unbearable Splendor: New Essays on Jacques Lacan's The Ethics of Psychoanalysis (SUNY series, Intersections: Philosophy and Critical Theory) by Charles Freeland