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Key Concepts of Lacanian Psychoanalysis (1998)
Edited by Dany Nobus
Routledge (London: Karnac Books) / Softcover / Mar 2017
9781855757028 (ISBN-10: 1855757028)
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In this classic work, eight crucial Lacanian ideas are explained through detailed exploration of the theoretical and/or practical context in which Lacan introduced them, the way in which they developed throughout his works, and the questions they were designed to answer. The book does not presuppose any familiarity with Lacanian theory on the part of the reader, nor a prior acquaintance with Lacan’s Écrits or seminars. Originally published in 1998, the ideas within are more relevant than ever and this newly reissued volume will prove invaluable to today’s scholars of Lacanian thought.

With contributions by Dylan Evans, Bruce Fink, Russell Grigg, Katrien Libbrecht, Dany Nobus, Luke Thurston, Paul Verhaeghe, and Slavoj Žižek.


"Dany Nobus has not only assembled an outstanding collection of essays which clarify and expand upon crucial elements in Lacan’s teaching, but perhaps more impressively, he has also constructed an introduction to Lacanian theory and practice that is both clear and sophisticated, and by all means definitive."
-- Kenneth Reinhard, Associate Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles

"By detailing the constitutive incompletion of the Lacanian project, the contributors have guaranteed the success of their book, that will remain a major reference for a long time to come."
-- Joan Copjec, Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University



1) From Kantian Ethics to Mystical Experience: An Exploration of Jouissance—Dylan Evans
2) The Master Signifier and the Four Discourses—Bruce Fink
3) From the Mechanism of Psychosis to the Universal Condition of the Symptom: On Foreclosure—Russell Grigg
4) The Original Sin of Psychoanalysis: On the Desire of the Analyst—Katrien Libbrecht
5) Life and Death in the Glass: A New Look at the Mirror Stage—Dany Nobus
6) Ineluctable Nodalities: On the Borromean Knot—Luke Thurston
7) Causation and Destitution of a Pre-ontological Non-entity: On the Lacanian Subject—Paul Verhaeghe
8) The Seven Veils of Fantasy—Slavoj Zizek

Notes on Contributors

About the Editor:

Dany Nobus is Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology at Brunel University London, where he directs the MA Program in Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society. In addition, he is the Chair of the Freud Museum London, and the author of numerous books and papers on the history, theory and practice of psychoanalysis.

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