Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists (Radical Thinkers)

This book is incredible Not because every argument is bulletproof but because it is audacious comprehensive and necessary To separate Lacan and Foucault is an essential task in modern philosophy

This book is incredible. Not because every argument is bulletproof, but because it is audacious, comprehensive, and necessary. To separate Lacan and Foucault is an essential task in modern philosophy/critical theory. To understand the functioning of historicism and the science of psychoanalysis is equally crucial. Copjec aids her readers in achieving these goals. As heart-stopping as Copjec's introduction is, Foucault is less involved in this text than one might realize. Instead, Copjec spends her time deep in the complexities of Lacan's thinking, exposing obvious contradictions with historicism and Foucault's major work.Copjec's introduction is wonderful and serves as a great mission statement for the project of this text. Copjec aligns the primal father of Freud's Totem and Taboo, the death drive, and the generative principle of a given society (as opposed to its 'cultural content') as extra-discursive figures of a different order of what they precipitate (the society of equal brothers, the pleasure principle, and the aforementioned cultural content respectively.) This paradigm is crucial to all of Copjec's arguments as they proceed, and she seeks to analyze what desire evinces despite it potentially existing outside of the sphere of discourse. Copjec claims, via Lacan, that desire can be articulated even if it is not manifest in discourse in the way that what desire precipitates is manifest.The strongest chapters beyond the introduction are the 3rd and 6th. Still, just about every one has some value. The 6th chapter, in particular, deserves special attention in the age of Trump. Copjec even mentions Trump in the same breath as Reagan! I imagine her sense of vindication is a vexed one. Copjec argues that the media attacks on Reagan could never destroy the object a, the object cause of desire, that made American's love him. Critics of Trump would be wise to consider this chapter closely, and Copjec's call for a cultural studies literate in desire more broadly.Brilliant thinkers can't always be right, however. Copjec is at her worst making baffling conflations of indeterminate terms. In her final chapter, she uses Lacan's articulation of sexual intercourse to make a critique of sexual difference. This is an enormous mistake. Intercourse and sexual difference must be taken differently, outside of the linguistic accident that one word, 'sex,' can refer to both. Overall, her final chapter leaves a lot to be desired. Still, it is a fascinating argument that offers a worthwhile, if incomplete, rendering of Lacan's writing on sex/gender.I would much prefer a big failure to a small success. However, Copjec manages to mostly succeed, and her minimal failures stem from an argument audacious enough to make them marvelous in their own right. Copjec's missteps are worth more consideration than most thinker's most valued contributions to philosophy. Good Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists (Radical Thinkers) Author Joan Copjec is Books In Read My Desire, Joan Copjec stages a confrontation between the theories of Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault, protagonists of two powerful modern discourses psychoanalysis and historicism Ordinarily, these discourses only cross paths long enough for historicists to charge psychoanalysis with an indifference to history, but here psychoanalysis, via Lacan, goes on theIn Read My Desire, Joan Copjec stages a confrontation between the theories of Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault, protagonists of two powerful modern discourses psychoanalysis and historicism Ordinarily, these discourses only cross paths long enough for historicists to charge psychoanalysis with an indifference to history, but here psychoanalysis, via Lacan, goes on the offensive Refusing to cede historicity to the historicists, Copjec makes a case for the superiority of Lacan s explanation of historical process, its generative principles, and its complex functionings Her goal is to inspire a new kind of cultural critique, one that would be literate in desire, that would be able to read what is inarticulable in cultural statements.From the Trade Paperback edition.. Joan Copjec is a philosopher, theorist, author, feminist, and prominent American Lacanian psychoanalyst She is the director of the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture at the University of Buffalo.. Good Kindle Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists (Radical Thinkers) This book is incredible. Not because every argument is bulletproof, but because it is audacious, comprehensive, and necessary. To separate Lacan and Foucault is an essential task in modern philosophy/critical theory. To understand the functioning of historicism and the science of psychoanalysis is equally crucial. Copjec aids her readers in achieving these goals. As heart-stopping as Copjec's introduction is, Foucault is less involved in this text than one might realize. Instead, Copjec spends her time deep in the complexities of Lacan's thinking, exposing obvious contradictions with historicism and Foucault's major work.Copjec's introduction is wonderful and serves as a great mission statement for the project of this text. Copjec aligns the primal father of Freud's Totem and Taboo, the death drive, and the generative principle of a given society (as opposed to its 'cultural content') as extra-discursive figures of a different order of what they precipitate (the society of equal brothers, the pleasure principle, and the aforementioned cultural content respectively.) This paradigm is crucial to all of Copjec's arguments as they proceed, and she seeks to analyze what desire evinces despite it potentially existing outside of the sphere of discourse. Copjec claims, via Lacan, that desire can be articulated even if it is not manifest in discourse in the way that what desire precipitates is manifest.The strongest chapters beyond the introduction are the 3rd and 6th. Still, just about every one has some value. The 6th chapter, in particular, deserves special attention in the age of Trump. Copjec even mentions Trump in the same breath as Reagan! I imagine her sense of vindication is a vexed one. Copjec argues that the media attacks on Reagan could never destroy the object a, the object cause of desire, that made American's love him. Critics of Trump would be wise to consider this chapter closely, and Copjec's call for a cultural studies literate in desire more broadly.Brilliant thinkers can't always be right, however. Copjec is at her worst making baffling conflations of indeterminate terms. In her final chapter, she uses Lacan's articulation of sexual intercourse to make a critique of sexual difference. This is an enormous mistake. Intercourse and sexual difference must be taken differently, outside of the linguistic accident that one word, 'sex,' can refer to both. Overall, her final chapter leaves a lot to be desired. Still, it is a fascinating argument that offers a worthwhile, if incomplete, rendering of Lacan's writing on sex/gender.I would much prefer a big failure to a small success. However, Copjec manages to mostly succeed, and her minimal failures stem from an argument audacious enough to make them marvelous in their own right. Copjec's missteps are worth more consideration than most thinker's most valued contributions to philosophy.

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  1. This book is incredible Not because every argument is bulletproof, but because it is audacious, comprehensive, and necessary To separate Lacan and Foucault is an essential task in modern philosophy critical theory To understand the functioning of historicism and the science of psychoanalysis is equally crucial Copjec aids her readers in achieving these goals As heart stopping as Copjec s introduction is, Foucault is less involved in this text than one might realize Instead, Copjec spends her tim [...]



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