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Knowing, Not-Knowing, and Jouissance

Levels, Symbols, and Codes of Experience in Psychoanalysis


  • Pushes Freudian and Lacanian understanding of the subject and the unconscious in new directions

  • Provides an accessible study of the notoriously challenging text L'etourdit

  • Explores the practice, transmission and current state of Lacanian and Freudian theory


Part of the The Palgrave Lacan Series book series (PALS)

About this book


​This book explores the practice and transmission of Lacanian and Freudian theory. It discusses the pure versus applied analysis of Lacanian and Freudian theory in practice; and the hierarchical versus circular transmissions within psychoanalytic organizations.

Underpinned by extensive practical knowledge of the clinic, this work examines the differences between Freud and Lacan in their understanding of the subject and the unconscious and pushes them in new directions. The book also offers an analysis and commentary of several key Lacanian texts including an accessible study of the notoriously challenging text L'etourdit. Offering both divergent and reinforcing takes on Lacan, the author explores the traits that separate out the psychoanalyst from other twentieth-century thinkers and theorists. This book offers a clear clinical picture of where Lacanian psychoanalysis is today, both in the US and internationally.


Lacanian theory Freudian theory Freudian topography Freud’s theory of representation L’etourdit cognitivism computational theory of mind model of the unconscious rationality Lacan’s graph of desire Lacan’s Seminar XIX Natural selection and sexual selection Name of the Father

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  1. 1.BerkeleyUSA

About the authors

Raul Moncayo is a supervising analyst of the The Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis, USA. Dr. Moncayo has been adjunct faculty in several local universities over the years, continues to supervise doctoral dissertations, travelled as a visiting professor across North American, European, and South American universities and is the author of five books.

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