Irrepressible Truth

On Lacan’s ‘The Freudian Thing’

  • Adrian Johnston

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
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  14. Back Matter
    Pages 229-257

About this book

Introduction

This book offers readers a uniquely detailed engagement with the ideas of legendary French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. The Freudian Thing is one of Lacan’s most important texts, wherein he explains the significance and stakes of his “return to Freud” as a passionate defence of Freud’s disturbing, epoch-making discovery of the unconscious, against misrepresentations and criticisms of it. However, Lacan is characteristically cryptic in The Freudian Thing. The combination of his writing style and vast range of references renders much of his thinking inaccessible to all but a narrow circle of scholarly specialists. Johnston’s Irrepressible Truth opens up the universe of Lacanian psychoanalysis to much wider audiences by furnishing a sentence-by-sentence interpretive unpacking of this pivotal 1955 essay. In so doing, Johnston reveals the precision, rigor, and soundness of Lacan’s teachings.

Keywords

psychology Ovid prosopopoeia le Séminaire truth

Authors and affiliations

  • Adrian Johnston
    • 1
  1. 1.HumanitiesUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57514-8
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-57513-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-57514-8
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