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The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: The Ethics of Psychoanalysis (Vol. Book VII) (Seminar of Jacques Lacan (Paperback)) Paperback – July 17, 1997
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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and now leaping backwards to the first chapter: 'we are faced with the question of what analysis allows us to formulate concerning the origin of morality.
'is its contribution limited to the elaboration of a mythology that is more credible and more secular than that which claims to be revealed? i have in mind the reconstructed mythology of "totem and taboo", which starts out from the experience of the original murder of the father, from the circumstances that give rise to it and its consequences.' the main freudian text lacan urges on those in attendance is "civilization and its discontents", which opens up lacan's talk to kant and sade. actually, aristotle, kant and sade. the good as the happy life, put forth by aristotle in his golden mean lacan rejects as dated, an ethics for the masters of ancient greece. also there's a problem with aristotle's prime mover of the universe. civilization, modern civilization, picks up, begins again, becomes relevant,in the 17th century. a century later the waking kant introduced to the world his categorical imperative, and man's relationship with jehovah and jesus.
the rituals of purification, sublimation, catharsis, are discussed and used, aristotle said, by the arts, and the gods figured prominantly in the greek arts. voices in disciplines outside philosophy, have placed the rituals within theology and mythology. lacan's interpretaton of sophocles' antigone combine the disciplines.
there seems to be a stir among those in attendance concerning the many books lacan has read that he urges on those in attendance to read. a stir lacan doesn't like and makes known his discontent to his students.
this seminar is translated into english by dennis porter, who appears to have caught some of lacan's word play: moral register and cash register, the good and the service of goods. i waited for the golden mean and meaning, but i guess the opportunity did not present itself. though as a transgression, porter may... . i'll stop, maybe someday mr porter will do a translation of another one of the seminars.