Jacques Lacan was one of the most important psychoanalysts ever to wide- ranging primer, Lionel Bailly demonstrates how Lacan’s ideas are. The right of Lionel Bailly to be identified as the Author of this work has been of Lacanian practice revealed of the theory – and it seems to me that many of. Lionel Bailly, MRCPsych, a Psychoanalyst and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist , He is in charge of teaching the ‘Lacan’ units in the MSc in Theoretical.

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From that stage, it is not a long step to the use of language not only to meet a need but also to enjoy in language for its own sake. No matter how long you have been studying Lacan, you say to yourself many times while reading Bailly’s book: He moves to the Imaginary, Symbolic and the Real and the Borromean knot pretty fast, although the Borromean knot was a late development in Lacan’s topology.

Bailly lays out the theoretical foundations with great clarity though even here, the material on desire and on ‘l’objet petit a’ does get rather gritty. Peter Singer Narrated by: View all 3 comments. It exists in the realm of the Imaginary, is an illusion, and casts an obscuring shadow — like an offending tower — on the true needs themselves unconscious of the Subject himself a construction of the Big Other.

Drive, at least by implication, does not use signifiers because a drive is not a need. Lacan is one of the most intimidating intellectual thinkers, this introduction made his ideas very clear and accessible. This is a beautiful purchase for anyone looking for an entry point into Lacan. That difference between a need and a partially unfulfilled demand gives rise to desire, which is a Lacanian key concept par excellence.


Even if you don’t agree with him, this books shows that the usual easy criticism doesn’t hold. To take an esoteric jumble of confused, self-contradictory obscurantism and craft of it something not only legible but intelligible, and then to convincingly defend its merits against numerous multipolar accusations, is at once a sign that considerable reflection has taken place and a resolute conviction in the intellectual substance of the source material.

Book review by Tasha Tollman. More importantly, I’m grateful for Bailly’s style of building upon each piece of Lacan’s theory in sequence. Jouissance uses signifiers in language, of course. Very readable style and some helpful clinical examples to illustrate some of the concepts and the approaches.

Really can’t imagine a better introduction to Lacanian theory and I’m curious to check out other books in this Beginner’s Guide series to see if the quality of its other books is consistent. Lacan took Freud’s ideas to the next level but oddly his popularity is among students in the philosophy and linguistic departments and not in psychiatric studies.

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Lacan: A Beginner’s Guide by Lionel Bailly

Lacan is ars gratia artis. The biggest excuse for dismissing Lacan’s work has always been that it is obfuscating, opaque, obscurantist nonsense that can’t be properly critiqued because there’s nothing there to engage with. A Beginner’s Guide by Lionel Bailly. Related Posts 08 Nov.


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Paperbackpages. A friend of mine recently went overseas for 10 days to visit some family. Highly recommended for newcomers to this relevant, fertile body of thought. Lists with This Book. Diedre Rubenstein narrates in a sharp, clear voice, reminiscent of a favorite college professor, the one who could keep you on the edge of your chair on a Monday morning. Controversial throughout his lifetime both for adopting mathematical concepts in his psychoanalytic framework and for advocating therapy sessions of varying length, he is widely misunderstood and often unfairly dismissed as impenetrable.

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Completely inspired to look further into Lacan. It took a second reading to decide I enjoy Lacanian theory. Following a brief account of the historical relationship between structuralism and poststructuralism, this very short introduction traces the key arguments that have led poststructuralists to challenge traditional theories of language and culture. Want to Read saving…. How does Bailly explain jouissance phallique, which is jouissance that pivots around language and reason?

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