Antigone, in Her Unbearable Splendor
New Essays on Jacques Lacan's The Ethics of Psychoanalysis
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: State University of New York Press
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...“To essay” means “to attempt.” Hence, the following may be read as “attempts” at a philosophical reading of a difficult subject: namely, the place, the role, and the function of “ethics” in Lacanian psychoanalysis. Such a subject is best approached with a hypothesis, and my hypothesis is that especially in his seventh seminar, entitled The Ethics of Psychoanalysis, ...
List of Abbreviations of Works by Jacques Lacan
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There is a yearning (Sehnsucht) that seeks the unbound (Ungebundene).Antigone, in her unbearable splendor: My title speaks from the heart of this book. These words, taken from Lacan’s seventh seminar, The Ethics of Psychoanalysis, not only comprise the title to one of the central essays in this collection, they are also the words, the image and the enigma, ...
Chapter 1: Toward an Ethics of Psychoanalysis
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The Ethics of Psychoanalysis is a curious little book. Curious for the way it came to be as a book, and curious, also, for what it attempts to achieve, for the headings, for the ends at which it may be said to aim. Much like Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, it, too, is based on student lecture notes, stenographer’s notes in this case, taken during a seminar Lacan gave, ...
Chapter 2: Philosophy’s Preparation for Death
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Who, as fearlessly as this clinician (Freud-Lacan), so firmly rooted in the everydayness of human suffering, has questioned life as to its meaning—not to say that it has none, which is a convenient way of washing one’s hands of the matter, but to say that it has only one, It might seem that Lacan is not really interested in ethics at all. He says ...
Chapter 3: The “Truth about Truth”
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At the level of the unconscious, the subject lies. And this is his way of telling the truth of the matter. The orthos logos of the uncon-Il n’y a pas d’Autre de l’Autre, il n’y a pas de vrai sur le vrai.Je me suis amusé un jour à faire parler le vérité. Que peut-il y avoir —Jacques Lacan, D’un discourse qui ne serait pas du semblant ...
Chapter 4: The Knots of Moral Law and Desire
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Ethics begins at the moment when the subject poses the question of that good he had unconsciously sought in the social structures. And it is at that moment, too, that he is led to discover the deep relationship as a result of which that which presents itself as law is Lacan’s Seminar VII can be situated apropos the European Enlighten-...
Chapter 5: Antigone, in Her Unbearable Splendor
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Antigone reveals to us the line of sight that defines desire. This line of sight focuses on an image that possesses a mystery which up till What we are dealing with is nothing less than the attraction of transgression . . . that obscure and original transgression for which (Freud) found a name at the end of his work, in a word, the death ...
Chapter 6: The Desire for Happiness and the Promise of Analysis: Aristotle and Lacan on the Ethics of Desire
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The goal is that jouissance be avowed, precisely insofar as it may be unavowable. The truth sought is the one that is unavowable with I have no intention of making criticisms of the society in which we live here. It is no better and no worse than any other. Human society One of the last sessions in The Ethics of Psychoanalysis, given at the very ...
Chapter 7: To Conclude / Not to Conclude
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We qualify sadness as depression, because we give it soul for sup-port, or the psychological tension of Pierre Janet, the philosopher. But it isn’t a state of soul, it is simply a moral failing, as Dante, and even Spinoza, said: a sin, which means a moral weakness, which is, ultimately, located only in relation to thought, that is, in the duty to ...
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Publication Year: 2013