Freud and the Transcendental Relation

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

Freud and the Transcendental               Relation

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This chapter offers a reconstruction of Sigmund Freud's theory of the transcendental relation, tying it to a genetic account of subjective development, which does not address his theories concerning the pathological, but follows the path of so-called normal cognitive and libidinal development from infancy to adulthood. An outline of this development should at least make it clear that Freud, like few others, doggedly braved the immense complexities involved in the question of the human psyche, and as the Derridean and Lacanian appropriations of his texts demonstrate, the philosophical insight gained along the way makes it well worth the effort of tracing a path through the labyrinth of “blindness and insight” that is his legacy to his readers. Freud's thinking, as much as Martin Heidegger's and Friedrich Nietzsche's, forms an important precursor for the quasi-transcendental thinking that emerges in the hands of Jacques Derrida (and equally Jacques Lacan). This chapter examines Derrida's “plural logic of the aporia” and Lacan's psychoanalysis.

Keywords: Sigmund Freud; transcendental relation; psyche; Jacques Derrida; Jacques Lacan; psychoanalysis; plural logic of the aporia

Chapter.  10987 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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