Andrea Hurst

in Derrida Vis-à-vis Lacan

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228744
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235179 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy


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Jacques Derrida, it would seem, loves Jacques Lacan. It is, he insists, “for the love of Lacan” that he emphasizes the important political obligation to embrace a difficult thinking that rebels against normalization. Lacan in turn is not entirely averse to being loved by Derrideans. Seemingly tied together by mutual respect and resistance, it is fair to expect a Derridean/Lacanian philosophical legacy that reflects a dynamic interchange of ideas. Yet, for a complex set of reasons, there is relatively little productive interchange between deconstruction and Lacanian psychoanalysis. Derrida's writings on Martin Heidegger and Friedrich Nietzsche reflect an attitude toward sexual difference and feminine sexuality that matches Lacanian insights. This book argues that Derrida's “plural logic of the aporia” can serve as a heuristic for addressing prominent themes in Lacanian psychoanalysis: subjectivity, ethics, and language.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; Jacques Lacan; deconstruction; psychoanalysis; sexual difference; plural logic of the aporia; subjectivity; ethics; language; feminine sexuality

Chapter.  5606 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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