How to Read Lacan (How to Read...)

How to Read Lacan (How to Read...)
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ISBN10: 
0393329550
ISBN13: 
9780393329551
Pages: 
144
Published: 
January 17th 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company
Rating: 
3.93

The How to Read series provides a context and an explanation that will facilitate and enrich your understanding of texts vital to the canon. These books use excerpts from the major texts to explain essential topics, such as Jacques Lacan's core ideas about enjoyment, which re-created our concept of psychoanalysis.

Lacan’s motto of the ethics of psychoanalysis involves a profound paradox. Traditionally, psychoanalysis was expected to allow the patient to overcome the obstacles which prevented access to "normal" sexual enjoyment; today, however, we are bombarded by different versions of the injunction "Enjoy!" Psychoanalysis is the only discourse in which you are allowed not to enjoy.

Slavoj Žižek’s passionate defense of Lacan reasserts Lacan’s ethical urgency. For Lacan, psychoanalysis is a procedure of reading and each chapter reads a passage from Lacan as a tool to interpret another text from philosophy, art or popular ideology.

How to Read Marx (How to Read...)

How to Read Marx (How to Read...)

Emphasizing the Romantic heritage and modernist legacy of Karl Marx’s writings, Peter Osborne presents Marx’s thought as a developing investigation into what it means, concretely, for humans to be practical historical beings.
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The Universal Exception

The Universal Exception

"The most formidably brilliant exponent of psychoanalysis, indeed of cultural theory in general, to have emerged from europe in some decades." - Terry Eagleton 'One of the most innovative and exciting contemporary thinkers of the left.' TLS...
Did Someone Say Totalitarianism?: 5 Interventions in the (Mis)Use of a Notion

Did Someone Say Totalitarianism?: 5 Interventions in the (Mis)Use of a Notion

In some circles, a nod towards totalitarianism is enough to dismiss any critique of the status quo. Such is the insidiousness of the neo-liberal ideology...
How to Read Derrida (How to Read...)

How to Read Derrida (How to Read...)

An idiosyncratic and highly controversial French philosopher, Jacques Derrida inspired profound changes in disciplines as diverse as law, anthropology, literature and architecture. In Derrida’s view, texts and contexts are woven...
The Essential Žižek: The Complete Set: The Sublime Object of Ideology / The Ticklish Subject / The Fragile Absolute / The Plague of Fantasies

The Essential Žižek: The Complete Set: The Sublime Object of Ideology / The Ticklish Subject / The Fragile Absolute / The Plague of Fantasies

Slavoj Zizek, the maverick philosopher, author...
Living in the End Times

Living in the End Times

Žižek analyzes the end of the world at the hands of the “four riders of the apocalypse.”

There should no longer be any doubt: global capitalism is fast approaching its terminal crisis. Slavoj Žižek has identified the four horsemen of this...
The Intentional Stance

The Intentional Stance

How are we able to understand each other in our daily interactions? Through the use of such "folk" concepts as belief, desire, intention, and expectation, Daniel Dennett asserts in this first full-scale presentation of a theory of...