|French: belle âme||German: schöne Seele|
The "beautiful soul" is a stage in the dialectic of self-consciousness which Hegel describes in the Phenomenology of Spirit. The beautiful soul projects its own disorder onto the world and attempts to cure this disorder by imposing "the law of the heart" on everyone else.
"[T]he ego of modern man ... has taken on its form in the dialectical impasse of the belle âme who does not recognise his very own raison d'être in the disorder that he denounces in the world."
Ethics of Psychoanalysis
- Hegel, G. W. F. Phenomenology of Spirit, trans. A. V. Miller, with Analysis of the Text and Foreward by J. N. Findlay, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985 .
- Lacan, Jacques. Écrits: A Selection. Trans. Alan Sheridan. London: Tavistock Publications, 1977. p. 70
- Lacan, Jacques. Écrits. Paris: Seuil, 1966. pp. 172-3
- Lacan, Jacques. Écrits. Paris: Seuil, 1966. p. 218-19