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The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: Book 1, Freud's Papers on Technique, 1953-1954 Paperback – January 23, 2013


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  • Series: The Seminar of Jacques Lacan (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (January 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393306976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393306972
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Seminar: Books I and II have a special place because of their value as an introduction to Lacan. . . . [They] are a sure path of entry into Lacan's critique of ego psychology. . . . Lacan's work underscores that part of Freud's message that is most revlutionary for our time. The individual is 'decentered'. There is no autonomous self. What sex was to the Victorians, the question of free will is to our new Fin-de-Siecle.” (Sherry Turkle - London Review of Books)

“A rare opportunity to experience Lacan as a teacher. . . . The publication of these two early seminars . . . may allow Lacan's work to do what it does most remarkably: she light on, and expend, the theoretical implications of psychoanalysis, but also to train a new generation of psychoanalysts by asking again: what exactly do we do when we do psychoanalysis?” (Lisa Kennedy - Voice Literary Supplement)

About the Author

The psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan (1901-1981) was one of the twentieth century's most influential thinkers. His many published works include Ecrits and The Seminars.

Jacques-Alain Miller is Director of the Department of Psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII and editor of Lacan's Seminars.

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The psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan (1901-1981) was one of the twentieth century's most influential thinkers. His many published works include Ecrits and The Seminars.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Case Quarter VINE VOICE on March 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
reports that the works of jacques lacan are difficult reading ring true, especially his first seminar. but, gentle reader, remember the seminars were talks, some of them interactive, and each seminar delivered over a period of 20 weeks for the training and edification of french speaking psychoanalysts, and the curiousity of the noted french intellectuals of the day and numerous students in attendance. the average american reader of the works of lacan is probably more interested in literary studies than psychiatry, psychoanalysis and psychology. and not without reason. in addition to explicating the word and works of freud, lacan, a voracious reader, sent to our shores, caught up in his texts, what could only be phrased as an enormous reading list of poets, philosophers, literary masterpieces, greek dramas, books of the bible, and the maxims of famous authors

the first 7 chapters, the first 7 weeks, aren't of much interest for the `american reader' searching for knowledge of the legend of lacan. but in the 8th week, the 8th chapter of the book, ms lefort shares a case of her own about a male infant hospitalized for various childhood illnesses in 25 different institutions for children before his 4th birthday before arriving at the denfert repository, confined `on account of an unclearly defined para-psychotic state,' to be treated by ms lefort. here lacan, and those in attendance, are presented with a case of a seminar's participant's own account, and it's her asking lacan for a diagnosis and the discussion which follows, that should remind the `american reader' of the purpose of the seminar(s), which it's sometimes easy to forget during the scintillating webbing of words spun by lacan.
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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful By steven schwartzbard on June 11, 2000
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There are still traces of Kojeve in the Lacan's first seminar, and Kojeve mixed with sociobiology (pigeons and the imaginary) and the ego and the id. The imaginary will at this point play a larger role than it will later, as will the ego (formed out of the imaginary and the mirror stage), but at the same time the origin of negativity and aggression, located in an alienating picture of ourselves. But is not negativity ultimately located in language (and even more specifically, in the word "not"), the word "elephant" that is more deadly to the the elephants than any machete? The word as the murder of the thing? It is curious that Lacan and Kojeve once planned to write a book on Freud, and Kojeve and Strauss planned a book on Hobbes and Hegel. The intersection is the state of nature, the humble theoretical origin of Kojeve's desire of another's desire.
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