Writings on Psychoanalysis: Freud and Lacan (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)

Writings on Psychoanalysis: Freud and Lacan (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)

Louis Althusser

Language: English

Pages: 208

ISBN: B003U2S5UW

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With several never-before published writings, this volume gathers Althusser's major essays on psychoanalytic thought----documenting his intense and ambivalent relationship with Lacan, and dramatizing his intellectual journey and troubled personal life.

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object of psychoanalysis that bears the simple name of the unconscious. That this little biological being survives, and instead of surviving as a child of the woods become the charge of wolves or bears (there were some of these, who were displayed in the princely courts of the eighteenth century) survives as a human child (having escaped all the deaths of childhood, of which many are human deaths, deaths sanctioning a failure of humanization), is the ordeal that all men, as adults, have

psychoanalysis has to the specificity of its concepts congruent with the specificity of its object: the unconscious and its effects. III Lacan would not dispute that without the emergence of a new science, linguistics, his own attempt at theorization would have been impossible. So goes the history of sciences, in which a science often becomes one only through the recourse to and diversion of other sciences, not only sciences existing at the time of its baptism, but also some new science, a

movement, of a theory produced within the workers' movement by organic intellectuals of the proletariat. At stake here are not subsidiary questions relating to details or curiosity but problems that involve the meaning of the entirety of Marx's work. For that "displacement" (which Freud so liked to speak about on the subject of his object) onto revolutionary class theoretical positions does not have, as one might think, merely political consequences. Concretely the political-theoretical or

they fear? Me? I was flattered, but no thanks. There then took place a second meeting, for the next day and for the bulletin. For the next day, the same circus started up again.Techni- cal specifications were given for the bulletin. Then some new expressions of mood, whereupon I again intervened, quite calm, but all the same, I was fed up. The most surprising of all in that meeting, which was "feeble" (I quote an analyst who was there and whom I don't know, but she, too, refused to say in public

trimester is quite favorable to it. Your J. L. Introduction i. The Althusser collection of1MEC contains abundant archives concerning the seminar. Louis Althusser himself delivered two lectures there, of which a record survives, one in the form of a frequently erroneous transcription and the other in an almost complete recording. A separate edition of those two lectures is currently being prepared. 2. Cf. Elisabeth Roudinesco, La Bataille de cent ans: Histoire de la psychanalyse en France, 2

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