Lacan for Multitudes: The notion of the unconscious in the contract between Freud and Lacan.

Manuel Asensi

04 Jul. 2014

In this session we will look at Lacan’s famous claim that ‘the unconscious is structured like a language’ and show how it has been profoundly misinterpreted. The questions that we will explore through Graph III (the graph of the unconscious) are: Why is there an unconscious? How does the existence of the unconscious affect the action of a subject? When Lacan talks of the ‘Other’, what is he referring to? Can we make a distinction between an Other and an other? Is the Other a Master? What is it with the Master? What can we do with him or with it?

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