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Antigone, in Her Unbearable Splendor: New Essays on Jacques by Charles Freeland

By Charles Freeland

A research of Lacan’s engagement with the Western philosophical traditions of moral and political inspiration 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 techniques 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 notion, 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 a number of the key moral issues of these traditions: the pursuit of fact and the moral reliable, the beliefs of self-knowledge and the care of the soul, and the relation of ethical legislations to the tragic dimensions of dying and hope. instead of maintaining the characterization of Lacan’s paintings as “anti-philosophical,” those essays determine a resonance in a position to enriching philosophy via beginning it to wider and evermore hard perspectives.

“Freeland’s analyzing of Lacan is rather philosophical not just simply because he examines the psychoanalyst’s accounts to philosophical discourse, yet, extra forcefully, simply because his personal process isn't indebted to any of the at the moment dominant developments in psychoanalytic concept. This booklet is as singular because it is insightful.” — Steven Miller, college at Buffalo, country collage of recent York

Charles Freeland is Lecturer and path Coordinator, educating philosophy and structure on the foreign software of layout and structure at Chulalongkorn collage in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Mrs. Dunham: Why did the girl revert to the condition of a child? Dr. Jung: It was due to the fading of her libido, which contracted more and more following prematurely the ordinary life curve which tends always to show the maintenance of a certain tension. 2012: See Plato, The Republic, 401d-­b. 2012: See Jung, “The Transcendent Function” (1916), CW 8. 2 3 Lecture 2 11 In youth the libido fills out a frame of generous proportions, while in old age it contracts to a much smaller amplitude. Going back to the transcendent function, on the one side are to be found the real facts, on the other the imagination.

At one time it seemed as though there must be some thread of purpose running through the unconscious, at another I was convinced there was none. , Philosophy of the Unconscious (1931). 2012: Zumstein-­Preiswerk gives the following version of the termination of the seances: she states that on one ocassion Jung brought his student friends with him. Their presence confused Helene, and her force left her. For the sake of Jung she tried to place herself in hypnosis with arm movements, which didn’t work.

On May 4, 1897, he checked out Schopenhauer’s Parega und Palimploma from the Basel University library. His own copy of the book is dated 1897 and is annotated (particularly sections dealing with transcendental speculations and ghost-­seeing). Jung checked out Von Hartmann’s Die Philosophie des Unbewußten (Philosophy of the Unconscious) from the Basel University library on January 15, 1898, his Ding an Sich (Thing in Itself) on September 13, 1898, and his Die Selbstzersetzung des Christenthums und die Religion der Zukunft (The Self-­Decay of Christianity and the Religion of the Future) on October 18, 1898.

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