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Jacques Marie Émile Lacan (1901 – 1981) was a French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist associated with post-structuralism.

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Are there any good sources that would help me read Lacan's Seminar XVII?

I've been interested in psychoanalysis for the past year or so; I've read a little bit of Freud (the introductory lectures, the case study on the Rat Man, Beyond the Pleasure Principle, and about half ...
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What is the Lacanian “Big Other”?

Zizek often draws on Lacan’s term “the Big Other”; what is this and what does it mean? One supposes that there may also then be a “Little Other” - is this right? What would be sensible examples of ...
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Some examples of what lacan calls 'subject'

I've been searching to find some examples of 'subject' in psychoanalysis of lacan and i can't find good examples of 'subject of enunciation' and 'subject of enunciated'. Can someone please give some ...
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What does Lacan mean by signifiers presenting a subject for another signifier?

I was reading an article on Lacan's Signifier concept posted on nosubject.com. I am very confused by this one sentence: Lacan defines a signifier as "that which represents a subject for another ...
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Were Derrida, Lacan, Freud involved in politics?

Were philosophers like Derrida, Lacan, Freud involved in any kind of political party, political movement or had any political ideas? or did they just had theories in fields like psychoanalysis. Edit: ...
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Question about Sartre's distinction between "self-consciousness", "subject", and "ego"

I am reading the Routledge Critical Thinkers series on Jacques Lacan, and I have come across this passage about Jean-Paul Sartre: In an early work entitled Transcendence of the Ego (1934) Sartre ...
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What's Lacan communicating about the ne explétif?

Zizek's Ontology ..., by Prof Adrian Johnston BA PhD. p. 249. I'm trying to brush up on French and found this on the ne explétif. But I can't understand anything to the left of my red line, like this ...
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Lacan: a void at the heart of the subject

Can anybody explain what this Lacan's dictum exactly is? extract from book Art and Psychoanalysis by Maria Walsh: ... Lacan’s dictum that there is a void at the heart of the subject that we fill ...
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What is a Master-Signifier?

I am currently reading "The Fragile Absolute" by Slavoj Žižek. In chapter four he talks about the Master-Signifier. I am not very familiar with Lacan's concepts (I think it comes from him), so could ...
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Are dreams just the world without the big Other?

Are dreams an alternative world where there is no big Other as the ever observing agency mentioned by Lacan?
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Too involved with who you think you are

What does Slavoj Zizek mean when he says "...too involved with who you think you are..." and quoting Lacan "a madman is not only a beggar who thinks he is a king but also a king who thinks he is a ...
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Questions on Peter Hallward's introduction to Alain Badiou's Ethics?

In his introduction to "Ethics" by Alain Badiou he does a quick run down on how the analytic ethics of Lacan differ from the philosophical ethics of Badiou. I'm having a hard time ...
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Is love a phenomenon of mauvaise foi?

In front of love, is still men condemned to be free? Arguably, when in love, the infinite range of possible choices collapses in one, the loved one. Is this a form of mauvaise foi (we convince ...
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What does lacan mean when speaking of 'subject'

I've read many articles about lacanian subject. But still i can't figure out what it is! Is it a human? Is it a position? If a position, what does it mean to be a position? Somewhere else i read ...
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Researches on 'Ontology of the Subject' with a focus on Lacan

I'm looking for essays about "Lacan's Ontology of the subject" . The point is the formation of them. So, It's like writing a report about the researches already made on "Lacan's Ontology of the ...
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Jacques Lacan's Structuralism - Terminology

I'm doing a research on Jacques Lacan's Structuralism. I've been told that he had some believes, or ideas about subject. So, I'm looking for the terminology of Lacan's Structuralism, as the first step ...
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Who has linked the analysis of modernism or post modernism to Lacan's four discourses?

Who has linked the analysis of modernism or post modernism to Lacan's four discourses? I mean obviously there's some kinda link between the master's discourse and at least some forms of modernism. I'...
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Is Lacanian subjectivity relational?

Descartes notion of the subject is self-subsistent: the self reflecting on itself finds itself. The Lacanian mirror appears to introduce an other to find the self - his notion of the subject appears ...
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Lacan seems to invert 'metaphor' and 'metonymy': why?

This good site claims Metonymy thus concerns the ways in which signifiers can be combined / linked in a single signifying chain ("horizontal" relations), whereas metaphor concerns the ways in ...
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What does Lacan mean when he says "the necessity to eat one's Dasein"?

This page claims: we have to return to the basic questions behind Lacan's statements on the arrival of the letter at its destination and the necessity to eat one's Dasein How can we "eat" a ...
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How many mirrors must a man look in before he becomes a man?

In Lacanian theory, the mirror stage first becomes effective when the infant ego is confronted with the possibility of another ego - an other - usually taken as the gaze of the mother; but this is but ...