Transference : The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book VIII

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Alcibiades attempted to seduce Socrates, he wanted to make him, and in the most openly avowed way possible, into someone instrumental and subordinate to what? To the object of Alcibiades desire agalma, the good object.

I would go even further. How can we analysts fail to recognize what is involved? He says quite clearly: Socrates has the good object in his stomach. Here Socrates is nothing but the envelope in which the object of desire is found.

It is in order to clearly emphasize that he is nothing but this envelope that Alcibiades tries to show that Socrates is desire s serf in his relations with Alcibiades, that Socrates is enslaved to Alcibiades by his desire. Although Alcibiades was aware that Socrates desired him, he wanted to see Socrates desire manifest itself in a sign, in order to know that the other the object, agalma was at his mercy.

Now, it is precisely because he failed in this undertaking that Alcibiades disgraces himself, and makes of his confession something that is so affectively laden. The daemon of (Aidos), Shame, about which I spoke to you before in this context, is what intervenes here. This is what is violated here. The most shocking secret is unveiled before everyone; the ultimate mainspring of desire, which in love relations must always be more or less dissimulated, is revealed its aim is the fall of the Other, A, into the other, a.

Jacques Lacan
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 151 x 233 x 41mm | 858g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0745660398
  • 9780745660394
  • 160,802

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"It is to the benefit of the broader Lacanian world that this pitch-perfect translation a decade or more in the making is now available. Longtime Lacan translator, Bruce Fink, and Polity Press, both deserve commendation for this new addition to the series of Lacan's seminars available in English. The scrupulous attention that has been dedicated to translating Lacan's French into idiomatic English, the research evident in the detailed translator's end-notes, and the formatting and finish of the final product (which includes a beautiful detail of Raphael's School of Athens as a cover illustration) warrant it a special place in this series." Psychodynamic Practice
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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
The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis and the many other volumes of
The Seminar.
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Table of contents

I. In the Beginning Was Love

II. Set and Characters

III. The Metaphor of Love: Phaedrus

IV. The Psychology of the Rich: Pausanias

V. Medical Harmony: Eryximachus

VI. Deriding the Sphere: Aristophanes

VII. The Atopia of Eros: Agathon

VIII. From Episteme to Mythos

IX. Exit from the Ultra-World

X. Agalma

XI. Between Socrates and Alcibiades

XII. Transference in the Present

XIII. A Critique of Countertransference

XIV. Demand and Desire in the Oral and Anal Stages

XV. Oral, Anal, and Genital

XVI. Psyche and the Castration Complex

XVII. The Symbol

XVIII. Real Presence

XIX. Sygne s No

XX. Turelure s Abjection

XXI. Pensee s Desire

XXII. Structural Decomposition

XXIII. Slippage in the Meaning of the Ideal

XXIV. Identification via ein einziger Zug

XXV. The Relationship between Anxiety and Desire

XXVI. A Dream of a Shadow Is Man

XXVII. Mourning the Loss of the Analyst
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