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Bringing together three previously unpublished lectures presented to the public by Lacan at the height of his career, and prefaced by Jacques-Alain Miller, My Teaching is a clear, concise introduction to the thought of the influential psychoanalyst after Freud.
Hardcover, 116 pages
Published January 5th 2009 by Verso (first published 2009)
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Eric Phetteplace
Jan 09, 2010 Eric Phetteplace rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
I find some of Lacan's formulations fascinating but this collection only grazes the surface of his theories, dealing more with selling the basic premises and insulting people who disagree with him. For someone who ends with a plea to psychoanalysts for humility and subjective destitution, Lacan spends much of his time here calling very smart people stupid and generally being a prick. Sometimes it's funny and almost charming, other times it's cloying. The best part is, by far, the beginning of th ...more
Miguel
Jun 10, 2016 Miguel rated it it was amazing
"when it comes to the equation great civilization = pipes and sewers, there are no exceptions"

In this text, Lacan pithily explicates some of the underlying assumptions of his teaching. This text helps position Lacan in a number of ways. It reminds readers that he is a psychoanalyst rather than a philosopher and he is someone set on educating future generations of psychoanalysts rather than obtaining fame and fortune for his own work. The text is made up of 3 essays, "The Place, Origin and End of
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Luchian Flofoftei
Feb 23, 2017 Luchian Flofoftei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Eating shit is all very well, but you can’t always eat the same shit. So, I try to get hold of some new shit.” :D
Eryk Salvaggio
Nov 30, 2014 Eryk Salvaggio rated it liked it
Lacan is notorious for writing dense texts which are impenetrable to outsiders, and he explains why in this book, which that he basically doesn't care to be adopted by anyone he didn't teach directly. That this book is then touted as his "plain text" introduction to his theories is a disappointment, because it doesn't really have any of his most compelling theories in it at all.

Basically transcriptions of lectures he had given in '67 and '68, the book just seems to be Lacan mostly defending him
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Sam
Jun 06, 2015 Sam rated it really liked it

I think these three "lectures" are a combination of some of the most lucid (but a bit less rewarding) Lacanian "texts". This is because the purpose of the these talks was not to expound psychoanalytic theory to its practitioners but to get a sense for how Lacan views/viewed his own material and symbolic position within history and language. He has always had a unique take on this topic and there are certainly rewarding tidbits specifically on culture, society's "evacutive measures" ("All societi
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Micah
Jun 24, 2013 Micah rated it it was ok
Shelves: psychoanalysis
A pleasant read, loose, jocular, witty. In these three short lectures Lacan jumps around and makes a big deal of the fact that he never says the same thing twice. Not sure it's much of an introduction; when it comes down to the content, he mostly just reminds us that it's all about "language" and telegraphs some formulas: the unconscious is structured like a language, desire is the desire of the Other, the signifier represents the subject for another signifier, etc.

I always felt like Lacan just
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Chris
Jun 06, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where does one begin with Lacan? To the initiated, Lacan says nothing in this book that he does not explain better elsewhere. To the uninitiated, Lacan is often incomprehensible. There is no good place to begin with Lacan; one must simply dive in and begin swimming, eventually one begins to recognize landmarks.

However, this book does recommend itself as a good place to begin for the uninitiated for a couple of reasons. First, it's short. Second, in this book, Lacan is rather consciously talking
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Justin
Jun 01, 2009 Justin rated it really liked it
This is about as close to an introduction as you are going to get right from the master's mouth (they are transcriptions of speeches Lacan gave to audiences unfamiliar with his thought). In the book, which is eminently readable compared to, for example, Ecrits, Lacan manages to be simultaneously vulgar and obtuse. It's not exactly a lucid explication of what you need to know in order to begin thinking about Lacan, but it does you an idea of what he is on about. Recommended for those thinking abo ...more
Andrew
Feb 10, 2011 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
For the most part I think Lacan was pretty much just an arrogant prick who dissolved a pretty lacklustre theory into obscure and over-wrought language with the intention of being seen as deeper than he ever was.

Not to say I don't like a lot of his, and this was a pretty good as a way to hear Lacan address his own works. All the while peppering points about how much of a misunderstood genius he is. People who say so are for the most part, not.
Chris
Apr 02, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
Great read for those familiar with Lacan. In this book, Lacan reiterates some core fundamentals of psychoanalysis concerning the subject and its relationship to language. Very lively commentary regarding philosophy as well.

The story behind the first section of the book is legendary. Google "Lacan Lyon Vodka".
Benjamin
Aug 19, 2011 Benjamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the most in depth, but maybe the best short introduction to Lacan you can get. If nothing else it is good preparation for digging into his texts, rather than reading the numerous commentaries (which can be as confusing as the man himself).
Jon Johnson
Aug 20, 2014 Jon Johnson rated it it was ok
It was okay!
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Jan 01, 2009 John rated it really liked it
Althusser was right to worry about his friend, but Lacan was right about himself, too ...
m. soria
Apr 13, 2009 m. soria rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
damn good intro, if you're gonna dive into zizek, this is a good place to start
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Jacques-Marie-Émile Lacan was a French psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, and doctor, who made prominent contributions to the psychoanalytic movement. His yearly seminars, conducted in Paris from 1953 until his death in 1981, were a major influence in the French intellectual milieu of the 1960s and 1970s, particularly among post-structuralist thinkers.

Lacan's ideas centered on Freudian concepts such as
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