‘Lacan’s Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis: An Introduction’ by Roberto Harari

Published by Other Press in 2004.

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The informal tone of these ten lectures by Roberto Harari reflects their original character as classes held at El Centro de Extension Psicoanalitica del Centro Cultural General, San Martin Buenos Aires. Destined for a wider audience than just the psychoanalytical camp, his work presents the Lacanian endeavor without presupposition of specialized knowledge—and yet without conceding intellectual subtlety.

Harari provides an introductory display of essential themes developed in Lacan’s Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, and offers his own insightful reading of the text’s central ideas. These ten classes, sparked by the crucial Seminar XI within the teaching of Lacan, reframe a wide range of questions in psychoanalysis for the professional in the field, scholars and students across disciplines, and interested lay readers.

He dismantles and rebuilds Lacan’s oeuvre and its structure so that order and logic suddenly appear inherent to Lacan’s way of thinking. The unconscious, transference, repetition, and the drive are here reintroduced, not only to do justice to Freud’s insights, but also to link these concepts to the larger question of the complex relationships between psychoanalysis, religion, and science.

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