In this long-awaited study, acclaimed scholar Phillipe Van Haute accepts the challenge of explaining to us, line by line, the most difficult and intriguing text of Lacan's Ecrits: “The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire in the Freudian Unconscious.” Aware that this text alone can provide readers with a proper Lacanian education, Van Haute guides us with lucid and pedagogical directions through Lacan's text, leaving no stone unturned. We are spoon-fed the tenets of Lacanian theory, as well as those of Lacan's intellectual antecedents: Plato, Hegel, Spinoza, Kierkegaard, and others. Moving back and forth between Lacan's other texts with amazing dexterity, Van Haute gives coherence to Lacan's often elliptical developments and offers us a solid education in linguistic theory. -- from the publisher
Phillipe Van Haute's publications include Psychoanalyse en Filosofie: Het Imaginaire en het Symbolische in het Werk van Jacques Lacan (Peeters, Leuven, 1990, for which he was awrded the 'Van Heldingen Prijs' for psychiatry and philosophy. He is a practicing psychoanalyst and a professor of philosophical anthropology at the University of Nijmegen.
Table of Contents: Foreword; Acknowledgements; The Lacanian Clincal Field: Series Overview; Introduction: Freud's Copernican Revolution Chapter 1: The Primacy of the Symbolic and the Unconscious: Freud and Lacan on the Unconscious and Language; A Few General Remarks on Lacan's Theory of Language; The Elementary Cell of the Graph of Desire: The Symbolic and the Real; The Body, Language, and the Unconscious Chapter 2: The Subject of the Unconscious: The Subject of the Enunciation and the Subject of the Statement; The Subversion of the Subject; The Subject as Discontinuity in the Real; Wo Es war, soll Ich warden Chapter 3: From the First to the Second Version of the Graph of Desire: Introduction; The Other in the Second Version of the Graph of Desire; The Subject and the Other; The Other as “Witness” Chapter 4: The Symbolic and the Imaginary: The Imaginary: General Remarks; The Ideal Ego and the Ego-Ideal Chpater 5: Language, the Unconscious, and Desire: Introduction; Beyond Need and Demand: Desire; Desire and the Law: The Dialectic of Desire; Further Characterization of Desire: The Transitional Object; The Unconscious is the Discourse of the Other Chapter 6: The Metapsychological Significance of the Phantasy and theObject a: The Third Version of the Graph of Desire; The Significance of thePhantasy; The Significance of the Object a; The Object a and Lacan's Critique of the Psychoanalytic Tradition; The Phantasy, the Object a, and Subjectivity: The Essentially Bodily Significance of Luck Chapter 7: The Truth of the Unconscious: S(?), the Castration Complex, and the Metaphor of the Name-of-the-Father: The Final Version of the Graph; The Significance of S(?); The Castration Complex in Freud; The Imaginary Phallus; The Father as Symbolic Third; The Symbolic Father Is The “Dead” Father: Totem and Taboo; The Metaphor of the Name-of-the-Father; The Metaphor of the Name-of-the-Father and Symbolic Castration; The Primacy of the Phallus, Sexuality, and the Unconscious; The Phallus, Castration, and the Problem of Sexuation Chapter 8: The Impossible Jouissance: Elements of a Structural Psychopathology: Introduction: The Jouissance of the Other and Pathology; The Jouissance of the Other, the Metaphor of the Name-of-the-Father, and Psychosis; The Three Moments of the Oedipus Complex; Perversion; Phobia; Neurosis: Hysteria and Obsessional Neurosis; Jouissance, the Law, and the Pleasure Principle; Ne pas ceder sur son desir: Towards a Dialectic of Desire? Conclusion: The Primacy of Sexuality, or Against Adaptation References; Index