On Silence pp 31-55 | Cite as

Silence, the Enabling Condition

  • Ed Pluth
  • Cindy Zeiher
Part of the The Palgrave Lacan Series book series (PALS)


This chapter discusses the various ways in which silence is used in psychoanalytic practice and theory. It considers arguments from Reik as well as Lacan and others about the importance of using silence in the clinic, and then turns to a discussion of how Lacan gave the experience of silence a crucial role in his theory of subject-formation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ed Pluth
    • 1
  • Cindy Zeiher
    • 2
  1. 1.California State University, ChicoChicoUSA
  2. 2.University of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand

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