‘Jacques Lacan’ by Dominiek Hoens


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Lacan’s central theory of the subject is expounded via a detailed discussion of two early texts, Logical Time and Number Thirteen. It is argued that the Lacanian subject is ‘not without others’ and the collectivity supporting any individual identity is based on an immanently shared property. From the perspective of later phases in Lacan’s theorizing, these others are to be considered as imaginary, and to be supplemented by the notion of the symbolic Other and the real object a. In that sense, the paper tackles the major conceptual innovations of Lacanian teaching from a point of view highlighting the socio-political conditioning of the subject on which psychoanalysis operates.

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