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[[Lacan]] uses the term ''[[captation]]'' to describe the [[imaginary]] effects of the [[specular image]] on the [[subject]].<ref>{{E}} p. 18</ref>
 
[[Lacan]] uses the term ''[[captation]]'' to describe the [[imaginary]] effects of the [[specular image]] on the [[subject]].<ref>{{E}} p. 18</ref>
  
The double sense of the [[French]] term nicely  indicates the ambiguous nature of the [[power]] of the [[specular image]]:
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The [[double]] [[sense]] of the [[French]] term nicely  indicates the ambiguous [[nature]] of the [[power]] of the [[specular image]]:
  
 
* On the one hand, it conveys the sense of "[[captivation]]," thus expressing the fascinating, [[seduction|seductive power]] of the [[image]].
 
* On the one hand, it conveys the sense of "[[captivation]]," thus expressing the fascinating, [[seduction|seductive power]] of the [[image]].
  
* On the other hand, the term also conveys the idea of "[[capture]]," which evokes the more sinister power of the [[image]] to imprison the [[subject]] in a disabling fixation.
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* On the [[other]] hand, the term also conveys the [[idea]] of "[[capture]]," which evokes the more sinister power of the [[image]] to imprison the [[subject]] in a disabling [[fixation]].
  
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==

Latest revision as of 22:20, 23 May 2019

French: captation

Origin of the Term

The French substantive captation is a neologism coined by French psychoanalysts from the verb capter.[1]

Jacques Lacan

It was adopted by Jacques Lacan in 1948 and occurs regularly in his work from this point on.

Imaginary Effects of the Specular Image

Lacan uses the term captation to describe the imaginary effects of the specular image on the subject.[2]

The double sense of the French term nicely indicates the ambiguous nature of the power of the specular image:

See Also

References

  1. Édouard Pichon and Odile Codet
  2. Lacan, Jacques. Écrits: A Selection. Trans. Alan Sheridan. London: Tavistock Publications, 1977. p. 18