By Charles Freeland
A learn of Lacan’s engagement with the Western philosophical traditions of moral and political idea in his 7th seminar and later work.
With its privileging of the subconscious, Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic notion would appear to be at odds with the targets and strategies of philosophy. Lacan himself embraced the time period “anti-philosophy” in characterizing his paintings, and but his seminars undeniably evince wealthy engagement with the Western philosophical culture. those essays discover how Lacan’s paintings demanding situations and builds in this culture of moral and political suggestion, connecting his “ethics of psychoanalysis” to either the classical Greek culture of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and to the Enlightenment culture of Kant, Hegel, and de Sade. Charles Freeland exhibits how Lacan severely addressed the various key moral issues of these traditions: the pursuit of fact and the moral sturdy, the beliefs of self-knowledge and the care of the soul, and the relation of ethical legislations to the tragic dimensions of demise and wish. instead of maintaining the characterization of Lacan’s paintings as “anti-philosophical,” those essays determine a resonance in a position to enriching philosophy by means of starting it to wider and evermore demanding perspectives.
“Freeland’s examining of Lacan is tremendously philosophical not just simply because he examines the psychoanalyst’s bills to philosophical discourse, yet, extra forcefully, simply because his personal strategy isn't really indebted to any of the presently dominant tendencies in psychoanalytic idea. This publication is as singular because it is insightful.” — Steven Miller, collage at Buffalo, country collage of latest York
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Lacan’s seminars are thereby calling into question the classical philosophical orientations of ethical life as being first of all concerned with the mastery of the emotions, as being bound up with or requiring a kind of ethical “knowledge” or a capacity to reason that will Toward an Ethics of Psychoanalysis 19 be able to ultimately master the turmoil of the passions and appetites, a “practical wisdom” (Phronesis), as it has been called in that tradition. He is calling into question the whole trajectory of the philosophical conception of the ethical subject as being first of all a knowing subject and the subject of such knowledge, one who is a rational hearer/interlocutor of a philosophical-ethical discourse, and who, through his/her ethical choices, will realize his/her potentiality by putting this knowledge into action and so attaining his/her ultimate Good.
However the psychoanalyst posits the fact of the unconscious, getting back to this unconscious is not possible for the articulations of knowledge. The truth it seeks, the truth that speaks lalangue, can only be half-articulated in the language of knowledge. There are barriers; there are limits. The unconscious, which, for Lacan, is not just a dark bag full of instincts but something structured, “like a language,” is no doubt a kind of cause, a cause of the speaking, desiring subject. As a cause, the unconscious has its effects, which are themselves subject to being folded back, reduced (rabattu).
It then becomes for Lacan the mission of finding from within that tradition the “principle of extraterritoriality,” the “extimacy” that lies within it, that is essential to it and that yet brings it to its limits and opens it from within itself, a wound so essential to its very life that must never be closed, “cured,” or healed. Thus, Lacan’s ethics of psychoanalysis offers not only a new level of practice, a new way of treatment for a particular analysand. ” What Is the Ultimate DestinatioN of the Lacanian Double Path of Demystification?