The Ego in Freud’s Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis, 1954-1955 (Book II) (The Seminar of Jacques Lacan)

The Ego in Freud’s Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis, 1954-1955 (Book II) (The Seminar of Jacques Lacan)

The Ego in Freud's Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis, 1954-1955 (Book II)  (The Seminar of Jacques Lacan)

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A complete translation of the seminar that Jacques Lacan gave in the course of a year’s teaching within the training programme of the Socie’te’ Francaise de Psychanalyse. The French text was prepared by Jacques-Alain Miller in consultation with Jacques Lacan, from the transcriptions of the seminar.

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  1. Matthew D. Jones said,

    Wrote on February 24, 2012 @ 5:59 am

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    As Good a Place as Any to Plunge into Lacan’s Work, January 30, 2010
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    This review is from: The Ego in Freud’s Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis, 1954-1955 (Book II) (The Seminar of Jacques Lacan) (Paperback)

    Any didactic review of Lacan’s Seminars is, perhaps, deeply ironic. The seminars themselves were oral performances, and this volume, like all the other Seminars, consists of notes of Lacan’s lectures, edited in French by his son-in-law, Jacques-Alain Miller. Lacan’s pedagogical technique relied on the ambiguities of meaning in language, particularly spoken language, to evoke a quasi-poetic or religious sense that transcends words, while simultaneously he elaborated a structured psychoanalytic theory, which he insisted was merely an exegesis of what was implicit in Freud’s work.

    With that said, this volume, the second of his Seminars presented in the 1954 – 1955 academic year, is as good a place as any to plunge into his work. These lectures focus on Lacan’s concept of the “symbolic order,” and the radical alienation of the human subject from that order, while, simultaneously, the same order is constitutive of the subject, telling the subject who s/he “is” (to the extent s/he “is” anything!). In this and later Seminars, Lacan will develop these ideas into his notion of the subject’s relation the Other (with a capital “O”), and the idea of the split subject, who is caught between his or her unconscious and the symbolic order, structurally separated from both, and who only appears momentarily when he or she speaks “I.”

    The reputation of Lacan’s work for being extraordinarily obscure and difficult is well deserved. All I can say is that I have found it worth the effort to attempt to grasp his thinking. Some knowledge of Freudian theory is a prerequisite to make any sense of what Lacan is talking about, and a familiarity with continental philosophy, particularly Hegelian philosophy, is very helpful. I’ve also found Lacan For Beginners (For Beginners (Steerforth Press) and Introducing Lacan, 3rd Edition to be extremely helping starting points to make sense of Lacan’s difficult material.

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  2. Case Quarter said,

    Wrote on February 24, 2012 @ 5:59 am

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    where’s the letter?, March 13, 2008
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    This review is from: The Ego in Freud’s Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis, 1954-1955 (Book II) (The Seminar of Jacques Lacan) (Paperback)

    one of the first luminaries, and not the first, lacan mentions here is socrates, father, i suppose, of the dialectic. this seminar is marked by participation, which lacan insists upon, everyone present must participate with questions. here those in attendance get a feel for things psychoanalytic.

    discussed is poe’s purloined letter. and discussed is the lacanic triad: the symbolic, the real, the imaginary.

    the translator of this seminar is sylvana tomaselli, her identity as a countess overshadowing her role as a scholar. not that this has anything to do with her work here. merely a bit of trivia. now were she a queen….

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