The Title of the Letter: A Reading of Lacan

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1992 - Philosophy - 151 pages
This book is a close reading of Jacques Lacan's seminal essay, "The Agency of the Letter in the Unconscious or Reason Since Freud, " selected for the particular light it casts on Lacan's complex relation to linguistics, psychoanalysis, and philosophy. It clarifies the way Lacan renews or transforms the psychoanalytic field, through his diversion of Saussure's theory of the sign, his radicalization of Freud's fundamental concepts, and his subversion of dominant philosophical values. The authors argue, however, that Lacan's discourse is marked by a deep ambiguity: while he invents a new "language," he nonetheless maintains the traditional metaphysical motifs of systemacity, foundation, and truth.
 

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Contents

Setting the Scene
1
A Turn of Reading
5
The Logic of the Signifier
19
The Science of the Letter
27
Algorithm and Operation
33
The Tree of the Signifier
51
Signifiance
61
The Strategy of the Signifier
79
Strategy
87
System and Combination
105
Truth Homologated
133
Index
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Jean-Luc Nancy and Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe are Professors of Philosophy at the University of Strasbourg, France. They are the authors of The Literary Absolute, also published by SUNY Press. Nancy is also the author of The Inoperative Community. Lacoue-Labarthe authored Typography.

François Raffoul is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

David Pettigrew teaches philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University.

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