Lacanian Theory of Discourse

This collection introduces and develops Lacanian thought concerning the relations among language, subjectivity, and society.


Author: Mark Bracher

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814712993

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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This collection introduces and develops Lacanian thought concerning the relations among language, subjectivity, and society. Lacanian Theory of Discourse provides an account of how language both interacts with and constitutes structures of subjectivity, producing specific attitudes and behaviors as well as significant social effects.

Lacan and Theological Discourse

The authors examine implications of Jacques Lacan's psychoanalytic theory of discourse for the understanding of theological language.


Author: Edith Wyschogrod

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791401103

Category: Philosophy

Page: 179

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The authors examine implications of Jacques Lacan's psychoanalytic theory of discourse for the understanding of theological language. Topics include self, desire, post-structuralism, the unconscious, the father's rule, dwelling (in Heidegger's sense), Anselm, ontological argument, alterity, utopia, signifiers/signifieds, God, reason, and text.

The Four Lacanian Discourses

Mark Bracher, On the Psychological and Social Functions of Language: Lacan's Theory of the Four Discourses, in LACANIAN THEORY OF DISCOURSE: SUBJECT, STRUCTURE, AND SOCIETY 107, 124. (Mark Bracher et al. eds 1994) [hereinafter, ...


Author: Jeanne Lorraine Schroeder

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781134039722

Category: Law

Page: 208

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This book proposes a taxonomy of jurisprudence and legal practice, based on the discourse theory of Jacques Lacan. In the anglophone academy, the positivist jurisprudence of H.L.A. Hart provides the most influential account of law. But just as positivism ignores the practice of law by lawyers, even within the academy, the majority of professors are also not pursuing Hart's positivist project. Rather, they are engaged in policy-oriented scholarship - that tries to explain law in terms of society's collective goals - or in doctrinal legal scholarship - that does not try to describe what law is, or to supply justifications for it - but which examines the 'internal' logic of law. Lacan's discourse theory has the power to differentiate the various roles of the practicing lawyer and the legal scholar. It is also able to explain the striking lack of communication between diverse schools of legal scholarship and between legal academia and the legal profession. Although extremely influential in Europe and South America, Lacanian theory remains largely unexplored (in the English-speaking world) outside of the field of comparative literature. In taking up the jurisprudential ramifications of Lacan's work, The Four Lacanian Discourses thus constitutes an original contribution to current theoretical and practical understandings of law.

Lacan Discourse Event New Psychoanalytic Approaches to Textual Indeterminacy

Harré, R. andSecord, P.F.(1972)Theexplanationof social behaviour. Oxford: Blackwell. Hook, D.(2001) aDiscourse, knowledge, materiality, history: Foucault and discourse analysis«, Theory & Psychology, 11, 521¥547. Lacan ...


Author: Ian Parker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134658510

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 370

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Lacan, Discourse, Event: New Psychoanalytic Approaches to Textual Indeterminacy is an introduction to the emerging field of Lacanian Discourse Analysis. It includes key papers that lay the foundations for this research, and worked examples from analysts working with a range of different texts. The editors Ian Parker and David Pavón-Cuéllar begin with an introduction which reviews the key themes in discourse analysis and the problems faced by researchers in that field of work including an overview of the development of discourse analysis in different disciplines (psychology, sociology, cultural studies and political and social theory). They also set out the conceptual and methodological principles of Lacan's work insofar as it applies to the field of discourse. Ian Parker and David Pavón-Cuéllar have divided the book into three main sections. The first section comprises previously published papers, some not yet available in English, which set out the foundations for 'Lacanian Discourse Analysis'. The chapters establish the first lines of research, and illustrate how Lacanian psychoanalysis is transformed into a distinctive approach to interpreting text when it is taken out of the clinical domain. The second and third parts of the book comprise commissioned papers in which leading researchers from across the social sciences, from the English-speaking world and from continental Europe and Latin America, show how Lacanian Discourse Analysis works in practice. Lacan, Discourse, Event: New Psychoanalytic Approaches to Textual Indeterminacy is intended to be a definitive volume bringing together writing from the leaders in the field of Lacanian Discourse Analysis working in the English-speaking world and in countries where Lacanian psychoanalysis is part of mainstream clinical practice and social theory. It will be of particular interest to psychoanalysts of different traditions, to post-graduate and undergraduate researchers in psycho-social studies, cultural studies, sociology and social anthropology.

Jacques Lacan and Feminist Epistemology

However, to develop such an account requires the further elaboration of the Lacanian theory of discourse through the reinscription of social relations. In particular, a feminist social theory needs to address social relations of gender, ...


Author: Kirsten Campbell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134419616

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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This book outlines a compelling new agenda for feminist theories of identity and social relations. Using Lacanian psychoanalysis with feminist epistemology, the author sets out a groundbreaking psychoanalytic social theory. Campbell's work offers answers to the important contemporary question of how feminism can change the formation of gendered subjectivities and social relations. Drawing on the work of third wave feminists, the book shows how feminism can provide new political models of knowing and disrupt foundational ideas of sexual identity. Kirsten Campbell engages the reader with an original intepretation of Lacanian psychoanalysis and offers a compelling argument for a fresh commitment to the politics of feminism. Jacques Lacan and Feminist Epistemology will be essential reading for anyone with interests in gender studies, cultural studies, psychoanalytic studies or social and political theory.

Interpretation in Political Theory

This is precisely how Lacanian theory offers a theoretical advantage over earlier Freudian theory. ... By emphasizing the interweaving of discourse and desire in subject formation, Lacan offers a theoretical model that suggests an apt ...


Author: Clement Fatovic

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781315506043

Category: Political Science

Page: 234

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Theorists interested in learning more about any given interpretive approach are often required to navigate a dizzying array of sources, with no clear sense of where to begin. The prose of many primary sources is often steeped in dense and technical argot that novices find intimidating or even impenetrable. Interpretation in Political Theory provide students of political theory a single introductory reference guide to major approaches to interpretation available in the field today. Comprehensive and clearly written, the book includes: A historical and theoretical overview that situates the practice of interpretation within the development of political theory in the twentieth century. Chapters on Straussian esotericism, historical approaches within the Cambridge School of interpretation, materialist approaches associated with Marxism, the critical approaches associated with varieties of feminism, Greimassian semiotics, Foucaultian genealogy, the negative dialectics of Theodor Adorno, deconstruction as exemplified by Jacques Derrida and Paul de Man, and Lacanian psychoanalysis. An exposition of the theoretical and disciplinary background of each approach, the tools and techniques of interpretation it uses, its assumptions about what counts as a relevant text in political theory, and what it considers to be the purpose or objective of reading in political theory. A reading of Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan to illustrate how each approach can be applied in practice. A list of suggestions for further reading that will guide those interested in pursuing more advanced study. An invaluable textbook for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and even seasoned scholars of political theory interested in learning more about different interpretive approaches.

Lacan Discourse and Social Change

Other theories, such as semiotics, offer a richer topography of the phenomena of language and discourse, but these systems are not as helpful as Lacanian theory when it comes to explaining how linguistic and discursive phenomena affect ...


Author: Mark Bracher

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501722295

Category: Psychology

Page: 224

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Convinced that cultural criticism need not merely be an academic exercise but can help improve people's lives, Mark Bracher proposes a method of cultural criticism which is based on the principles of psychoanalytic treatment and which aims to alter subjectivity and behavior. In this forceful and engagingly written book, Bracher first accounts for the failure of contemporary cultural criticism to achieve significant social impact. He then offers a model of analysis that draws on Lacan's theoretical insights into the structure of subjectivity and the psychological functions of discourse, asserting that the use of this model can promote collective psychological change. While cultural criticism has generally focused on texts, Bracher instead analyzes audiences' actual responses—to a variety of discourses from "high" as well as popular culture: the political speeches of Ronald Reagan and Jesse Jackson, anti-abortion propaganda, pornography, Keats's "To Autumn," and Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Through analyzing these responses, Bracher is able to uncover the unconscious identifications and fantasies of the respondents—an intervention that, he argues, has the potential for altering subjectivity. In his view, such a method of cultural criticism is both unusually powerful and ethnically defensible, since instead of attacking or upholding a group's values, it reveals the psychological conflicts manifest in responses to particular texts. Lacan, Discourse, and Social Change will be essential reading for students as well as specialists in such fields as cultural criticism, feminist theory, literary theory, psychoanalytic criticism, reader-response criticism, reader-response criticism, and Lacanian theory.

Lacan and Education Policy

Lacan's theory of discourse can be considered both a summary and the summit of his contribution to psychoanalytic theory (Verhaeghe, 1995). As this suggests, Lacan's conception of discourse is about more than just communication since, ...


Author: Matthew Clarke

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350070578

Category: Education

Page: 192

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Lacan and Education Policy draws on the rich conceptual resources of Lacanian psychoanalysis. Using Lacan's four discourses Matthew Clarke offers a sophisticated critique of recent education policy and the neoliberal model of political economy within which it sits, including the ways in which education has been diminished and trivialised through the economistic and depoliticising moves of policy. Clarke articulates possibilities for thinking differently about education and education policy beyond the reductive narratives of neoliberalism. He argues that psychoanalytic theory is valuable, not so much for allowing us to see what education 'really is', but for offering insights into what prevents education from 'being', enabling us to shift our focus instead into the possibilities education offers as a space of 'becoming'. The book suggests possibilities for conceptualising and creating 'the other side' of education.

Routledge Library Editions Lacan

discourse . Psychoanalysis thus lends to philosophy its awareness of the function of " partial truth " and the ... Juranville pursues this thesis through detailed analyses of issues central to Lacan's work , devoting most of the book to ...


Author: Various

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317908906

Category: Psychology

Page: 1864

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A major influence on French intellectuals in the twentieth century, Jacques Lacan has been referred to as ‘the most controversial psychoanalyst since Freud’. Routledge Library Editions: Lacan offers a selection of titles, which examine the influence of Lacan’s theories in a number of disciplines and includes an annotated bibliography of his works. It brings together as a set, or individual volumes, a series of previously out-of-print titles, originally published between 1983 and 1991.

Contemporary Movements in Planning Theory

Critical Essays in Planning Theory: Volume 3 Patsy Healey Jean Hillier. the character of social and historical change.” A Lacanianbased approach offers a discoursebased framework for interpreting texts and talk in planning practices.


Author: Patsy Healey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351949095

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 574

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Planning Theory has a history of common debates about ideas and practices and is rooted in a critical concern for the 'improvement' of human and environmental well-being, particularly as pursued through interventions which seek to shape environmental conditions and place qualities. The third and final volume in this series covers Contemporary Movements in Planning Theory and topics include communicative practices and the negotiation of meaning, networks, institutions and relations, and the complexity 'turn'. The articles selected represent the most influential and controversial recent work in planning theory and are supplemented by detailed introductions by the editors.