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The real and the development of the imaginary

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636037.003.0003
The real and the development of the imaginary

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This chapter follows the unfolding of the imaginary, and at the same time, the effect this has on Jacques Lacan's understanding of the relationship between the symbolic and the real, and particularly his understanding of the real. Lacan himself realised that his understanding of the relation between the symbolic and the real was inadequate. It then reports the story of the development of the imaginary from Lacan's early work to his late work. Lacan was attempting to explain purely genetically how culture could have arisen from nature. Furthermore, it explores how it is once again the imaginary form of man and certain elements of nature which are responsible for the generation of the symbolic as such. It determines how close Lacan comes to Jacques Derrida.

Keywords: imaginary; Jacques Lacan; Jacques Derrida; real; symbolic

Chapter.  23843 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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