Using Jacques Lacan's work as a key, this groundbreaking work reassesses the philosophical significance of Freud's most ambitious general theory of mental functioning: metapsychology. Richard Boothby forcefully argues that this theory has been misunderstood, and that therefore Freud's impact on philosophy has been unjustly muted. Freud as Philosopher illuminates in a fresh and newly accessible way the central points of Freud's metapsychology-including the guiding metaphor of psychical energy and the final, enigmatic theory of the twin drives of life and death-through the three cardinal Lacanian categories of the Imaginary, the Symbolic, and the Real. This exciting and brilliant book will have a definitive impact on how psychoanalysis is conceived in relation to philosophy.
Preface; Introduction: Returning to Metapsychology; Recalling Freud's Witch; Reading Lacan; Chapter 1: Toward the Unthought Ground of Thought; Monet's Pursuit of the "Enveloppe"; The World of the Water Lilies; The Class of 1890: Von Ehrenfels, James, Bergson, Nietzsche; Gestalt Psychology and Phenomenology; Heidegger: The Disposition of Being; The Gestaltist Ontology of Merleau-Ponty; The Unthought Ground of Thought in the Freudian Unconscious; Chapter 2: Between the Image and the Word; In the Shadow of the Image; The Unconscious Play of the Signifier; From Image to Sign; The Ratman's Phantasy; The Specimen Dream of Psychoanalysis; The Dream's Solution; Circulation in the Psychic Apparatus; The Metaphoric and Metonymic Poles; Chapter 3: The Freudian Dialectic; The Formative Power of the Image; Imaginary Alienation; Aggressivity and the Death Drive; The Agency of the Death in the Signifier; Language Acquisition and the Oedipus Complex; Psychoanalysis and the Theory of Sacrifice; Toward a Lacanian Theory of Sacrifice; Chapter 4: The Freudian Thing; A Love Triangle; The Thing About the Other; Thing or No-thing; Speaking of the Thing; Freud avec Jakobson; Chapter 5: Figurations of the Objet a; The Object-Cause of Desire; "You don't love me . . . you don't give a shit"; Between the Look and the Gaze; Why One and One Make Four; How the Real World Became a Phantasy; Conclusion
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