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Bringing together three previously unpublished lectures presented to the public by Lacan at the height of his career, and prefaced by Jacques-Alain Miller, My Teaching is a clear, concise introduction to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
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
Eryk Salvaggio
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
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
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
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
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.
It was okay!
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".
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).
Some thoughts on how Lacan viewed his own teaching. I learned a few things from it, but on the whole it wasn't very instructive. I think it would be more beneficial to those who have read Lacan before.
Althusser was right to worry about his friend, but Lacan was right about himself, too ...
m. soria
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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