This book presents the radically new theory of subjectivity found in the work of Jacques Lacan. Against the tide of post-structuralist thinkers who announce "the death of the subject," Bruce Fink explores what it means to come into being as a subject where impersonal forces once reigned, subjectify the alien roll of the dice at the beginning of our universe, and make our own knotted web of our parents' desires that led them to bring us into this world. Lucidly guiding readers through the labyrinth of Lacanian theory--unpacking such central notions as the Other, object a, the unconscious as structures like a language, alienation and separation, the paternal metaphor, jouissance, and sexual difference--Fink demonstrates in-depth knowledge of Lacan's theoretical and clinical work. Indeed, this is the first book to appear in English that displays a firm grasp of both theory and practice of Lacanian psychoanalysis, the author being one of the only Americans to have undergone full training with Lacan's school in Paris. Fink Leads the reader step by step into Lacan's conceptual system to explain how one comes to be a subject--leading to psychosis.
Presenting Lacan's theory in the context of his clinical preoccupations, Fink provides the most balanced, sophisticated, and penetrating view of Lacan's work to date--invaluable to the initiated and the uninitiated alike.
Bruce Fink is a practicing Lacanian psychoanalyst, analytic supervisor, member of the Ecole de la Cause freudienne in Paris, and Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University. He is the author of A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique.
PrefacePt. 1Structure: Alienation and the Other1Language and Otherness3A Slip of the Other's Tongue3The Unconscious7Foreign Bodies112The Nature of Unconscious Thought, or How the Other Half "Thinks"14Heads or Tails16Randomness and Memory19The Unconscious Assembles20Knowledge without a Subject223The Creative Function of the Word: The Symbolic and the Real24Trauma26Interpretation Hits the Cause28Incompleteness of the Symbolic Order: The (W)hole in the Other29Kinks in the Symbolic Order30Structure versus Cause31Pt. 2The Lacanian Subject4The Lacanian Subject35The Lacanian Subject Is Not the "Individual" or Conscious Subject of Anglo-American Philosophy36The Lacanian Subject Is Not the Subject of the Statement37The Lacanian Subject Appears Nowhere in What Is Said38The Fleetingness of the Subject41The Freudian Subject42The Cartesian Subject and Its Inverse42Lacan's Split Subject44Beyond the Split Subject465The Subject and the Other's Desire49Alienation and Separation49The Vel of Alienation51Desire and Lack in Separation53The Introduction of a Third Term55Object a: The Other's Desire59A Further Separation: The Traversing of Fantasy61Subjectifying the Cause: A Temporal Conundrum63Alienation, Separation, and the Traversing of Fantasy in the Analytic Setting666Metaphor and the Precipitation of Subjectivity69The Signified70Two Faces of the Psychoanalytic Subject72The Subject as Signified72The Subject as Breach77Pt. 3The Lacanian Object: Love, Desire, Jouissance7Object (a): Cause of Desire83"Object Relations"84Imaginary Objects, Imaginary Relations84The Other as Object, Symbolic Relations87Real Objects, Encounters with the Real90Lost Objects93The Freudian Thing95Surplus Value, Surplus Jouissance968There's No Such Thing as a Sexual Relationship98Castration99The Phallus and the Phallic Function101"There's No Such Thing as a Sexual Relationship"104Distinguishing between the Sexes105The Formulas of Sexuation108A Dissymmetry of Partners113Woman[crossed off] Does Not Exist115Masculine/Feminine-Signifier/Signifierness117Other to Herself, Other Jouissance119The Truth of Psychoanalysis121Existence and Ex-sistence122A New Metaphor for Sexual Difference123Pt. 4The Status of Psychoanalytic Discourse9The Four Discourses129The Master's Discourse130The University Discourse132The Hysteric's Discourse133The Analyst's Discourse135The Social Situation of Psychoanalysis136There's No Such Thing as a Metalanguage13710Psychoanalysis and Science138Science as Discourse138Suturing the Subject139Science, the Hysteric's Discourse, and Psychoanalytic Theory141The Three Registers and Differently "Polarized" Discourses142Formalization and the Transmissibility of Psychoanalysis144The Status of Psychoanalysis145The Ethics of Lacanian Psychoanalysis146Afterword147Appendix 1: The Language of the Unconscious153Appendix 2: Stalking the Cause165Glossary of Lacanian Symbols173Acknowledgments175Notes177Bibliography207Index213