Anxiety : The Seminar of Jacques Lacan

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Jacques Lacan is widely recognized as a key figure in the history of psychoanalysis and one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th Century. In Anxiety, now available for the first time in English, he explores the nature of anxiety, suggesting that it is not nostalgia for the object that causes anxiety but rather its imminence. In what was to be the last of his year-long seminars at Saint-Anne hospital, Lacan's 1962-63 lessons form the keystone to this classic phase of his teaching. Here we meet for the first time the notorious a in its oral, anal, scopic and vociferated guises, alongside Lacan s exploration of the question of the 'analyst's desire'. Arriving at these concepts from a multitude of angles, Lacan leads his audience with great care through a range of recurring themes such as anxiety between jouissance and desire, counter-transference and interpretation, and the fantasy and its frame.
This important volume, which forms Book X of The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, will be of great interest to students and practitioners of psychoanalysis and to students and scholars throughout the humanities and social sciences, from literature and critical theory to sociology, psychology and gender studies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 26mm | 652g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Book X
  • 074566041X
  • 9780745660417
  • 233,299

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION TO THE STRUCTURE OF ANXIETY I. Anxiety in the Net of Signifiers II. Anxiety, Sign of Desire III. From the Cosmos to the Unheimlich IV. Beyond Castration Anxiety V. That Which Deceives VI. That Which Deceives Not REVISION OF THE STATUS OF THE OBJECT VII. Not Without Having It VIII. The Cause of Desire IX. Passage a l'acte and Acting-Out X. On a Lack that is Irreducible to the Signifier XI. Punctuations on Desire ANXIETY BETWEEN JOUISSANCE AND DESIRE XII. Anxiety, Signal of the Real XIII. Aphorisms on Love XIV. Woman, Truer and More Real XV. Men s Business THE FIVE FORMS OF THE OBJECT XVI. Buddha's Eyelids XVII. The Mouth and the Eye XVIII. The Voice of Yahweh XIX. The Evanescent Phallus XX. What Comes in Through the Ear XXI. Piaget's Tap XXII. From Anal to Ideal XXIII. On a Circle that is Irreducible to a Point XXIV. From the a to the Names-of-the-Father Note
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"Despite the extraordinary range and reach of his work, anxiety is really Lacan s subject. In this book - which is among the most remarkable psychoanalytic and philosophical works of our time - Lacan shows us how much more there may be to say about this fundamental experience that paralyses speech and so immobilises people s lives." Adam Phillips, psychoanalyst and writer
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About Jacques Lacan

Jacques Lacan (1901-1981) was one of the twentieth-century's most influential thinkers. His many works include Ecrits, The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis and the many other volumes of The Seminar.
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