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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This book has tried to demonstrate how the “plural logic of the aporia” emerges from out of the relative ruin of the transcendental tradition and how it comes into its own in Derrida's thinking as a “repetition compulsion” that one could also call iterability. Turning to the family resemblance that joins Jacques Derrida to Jacques Lacan, it has described how this logic informs Derrida's reading of key Freudian texts. Turning to Lacan, it has attempted to show that he rereads Sigmund Freud's texts in terms of a “structural logic” that accords precisely with the “plural logic of the aporia”. This makes of Lacan's return to Freud just as much an iteration of psychoanalysis, or an inventive repetition, as Derrida's. That an accord can quite easily be established between deconstruction and Lacanian psychoanalysis on the basis of a shared poststructural “logic” makes Derrida's stubborn resistance to Lacanian discourse all the more curious. Derrida reiterates that the Seminar on “The Purloined Letter” binds together at least eight of the most deconstructible motifs of philosophy.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; Jacques Lacan; Sigmund Freud; psychoanalysis; plural logic of the aporia; repetition; iterability; deconstruction; structural logic; philosophy

Chapter.  5918 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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