Five Lessons

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Contents

Translators' Introduction


1

Five Lessons on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Jacques Lacan


Prefatory Remarks


13

First Lesson: The Unconscious and Jouissance


15

First Principle: "The unconscious is structured like a language"


16

Second Principle: "There is no sexual relation"


25

Second Lesson: The Existence of the Unconscious


45

When can the unconscious be said to exist?


45

The unconscious manifests itself in "lalangue"

The unconscious is a structure that actualizes itself


51

The unconscious is the displacement of the signifier between the patient and the analyst


61

The subject of the unconscious


69

Third Lesson: The Concept of Object a


73

The therapeutic goal of psychoanalysis


73

Object a


76

The problem of the other


78

The formal status of object a


79

The "corporal" status of object a


82

The breast as object a


83

Summary on object a: the need-demand-desire triad


93

Fourth Lesson: Fantasy


97

That which is proper to psychoanalysis


97

Clinical observations on fantasy


99

The body as a core of jouissance Fifth Lesson: The Body


115

Sexual, symbolic, and imaginary body


117

Partial body and jouissance


120

A clinical vignette


123

Formations of object a


129

Appendix: The Concept of the Subject of the Unconscious


133

Translated by Boris Belay


The relation of the subject to unconscious knowledge


133

The relation of the subject to logic


139

The relation of the subject to castration


140

The layered subject of the unconscious


143

The concept of unconscious knowledge


144

Notes


151

Index


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