Deconstructing Lacan

Lewis Michael

in Derrida and Lacan

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780748636037
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652457 | DOI:
Deconstructing Lacan

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This chapter illustrates that Jacques Lacan does indeed understand the relation between the text and its other — the symbolic and the real — as a relation of opposition, where the real is defined as what is not symbolic, not differential, and hence as composed of things that are fully and originally present, and immediately self-identical. Moreover, it presents Jacques Derrida's understanding of the true relation between a text and its outside, the manner in which he exhorts properly to address the other of language. Derrida links the deferral of the real to its affirmation. The philosophical text is the extreme privileging of the signified, and the theory of writing is the extreme privileging of the signifier. Deconstruction's reversal of the traditional order of foundation is a displacement. The transcendental approach instituted by the name-of-the-father overpowers the deconstructive potential contained within the notion of the phallus.

Keywords: deconstruction; Jacques Lacan; Jacques Derrida; language; symbolic; real; philosophical text; theory of writing

Chapter.  29374 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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