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Subjectivity and Otherness: A Philosophical Reading of Lacan (Short Circuits)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Countering the call by some "pro-Lacanians" for an end to the exegesis of Lacan's work--and the dismissal by "anti-Lacanians" of Lacan as impossibly impenetrable--Subjectivity and Otherness argues for Lacan as a "paradoxically systematic" thinker, and for the necessity of a close analysis of his texts. Lorenzo Chiesa examines, from a philosophical perspective, the evolutio ...more
Paperback, 235 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by MIT Press (MA) (first published September 28th 2007)
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Sara-Maria Sorentino
Nov 03, 2008 Sara-Maria Sorentino rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: chuck
Chisea's book is a terrific overview, and although less accessible than fink and far less playful than zizek, it excels in combining concentrated precision with (possibly unmatched) depth and rigour, particularly of the shifting periods in lacan's thought that seem to raise insoluble ambiguities. It is organized into three sections that correspond to the Lacanian registers of the Imaginary, the Symbolic and the Real and that roughly follow a chronological path through his seminars on the status ...more
Nov 13, 2007 David rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lacanians
Shelves: onthebackburner
(I'm only about halfway through at this point, so I can't entirely justify my rating.) This is an excellent reconstruction of Lacan's theories. I was excited about this book before it came out, and now that I've gotten into it, I'm very impressed. He manages to articulate the aspects of Lacan's thought that sometimes (who am I kidding? oftentimes) leave me slightly confused if not bewildered. For example, I started reading this book after presenting on Lacan's essay on the Mirror Stage and was p ...more
Didn't actually finish this as I had to return it. However I did like what I read, despite it being rather wordy and the many obscure references to things I didn't understand. I am intrigued by this series though.

It's at the Rowden White if anyone reading this is facinated b the title.
Tomasz Gil
This was my 2nd introduction to Lacan. Very difficult, felt very steep. The author seems to be reading a lot of other ideas into Lacan. I do not recommend unless you are ready to take on Lacan as a critic.
Very good explanation of the Lacanian theory of the subject.
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