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On the Names-of-the-Father - a book by Lacan, Jacques

On the Names-of-the-Father

On the Names-of-the-Father( )
Author: Lacan, Jacques
Lacan, Jacques
Translator: Fink, Bruce
Publication Date:Oct 2013
Publisher:Polity Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $64.95
Book Description:

What astonishing success the Name–of–the–Father has had! Everyone finds something in it. Who one′s father is isn′t immediately obvious, hardly being visible to the naked eye. Paternity is first and foremost determined by one′s culture. As Lacan said, "The Name–of–the–Father creates the function of the father.

Book Details
Detailed Subjects: Psychology / Movements / Psychoanalysis
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.249 x 7.726 x 0.612 Inches
Book Weight:0.5 Pounds
Author Biography
Lacan, Jacques (Author)
Jacques Lacan was born into an upper-middle-class Parisian family. He received psychiatric and psychoanalytic training, and his clinical training began in 1927. His doctoral thesis, "On Paranoia and Its Relation to Personality," already indicated an original thinker; in it he tried to show that no physiological phenomenon could be adequately understood without taking into account the entire personality, including its engagement with a social milieu.

Practicing in France, Lacan led a "back to Freud" movement in the most literal sense, at a time when others were trying to interpret Sigmund Freud (see also Vol. 3) broadly. He emphasized the role of the image and the role of milieu in personality organization. Seeking to reinterpret Freud's theories in terms of structural linguistics, Lacan believed that Freud's greatest insight was his understanding of the "talking cure" as revelatory of the unconscious. By taking Freud literally, Lacan led a psychoanalytic movement that evolved into a very specific school of interpretation. Often embroiled in controversy, in the 1950s he opposed the standardization of training techniques, the classification of psychoanalysis as a medical treatment, and the then emerging school of ego psychology. Although general readers may find Lacan difficult to read, his works are provocative and rewarding.


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