DescriptionJacques Lacan is widely recognized as a key figure in the history of psychoanalysis and one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th Century. In Anxiety, now available for the first time in English, he explores the nature of anxiety, suggesting that it is not nostalgia for the object that causes anxiety but rather its imminence.
In what was to be the last of his year-long seminars at Saint-Anne hospital, Lacan's 1962-63 lessons form the keystone to this classic phase of his teaching. Here we meet for the first time the notorious a in its oral, anal, scopic and vociferated guises, alongside Lacan’s exploration of the question of the 'analyst's desire'. Arriving at these concepts from a multitude of angles, Lacan leads his audience with great care through a range of recurring themes such as anxiety between jouissance and desire, counter-transference and interpretation, and the fantasy and its frame.
This important volume, which forms Book X of The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, will be of great interest to students and practitioners of psychoanalysis and to students and scholars throughout the humanities and social sciences, from literature and critical theory to sociology, psychology and gender studies.
INTRODUCTION TO THE STRUCTURE OF ANXIETY
I. Anxiety in the Net of Signifiers
II. Anxiety, Sign of Desire
III. From the Cosmos to the Unheimlich
IV. Beyond Castration Anxiety
V. That Which Deceives
VI. That Which Deceives Not
REVISION OF THE STATUS OF THE OBJECT
VII. Not Without Having It
VIII. The Cause of Desire
IX. Passage à l'acte and Acting-Out
X. On a Lack that is Irreducible to the Signifier
XI. Punctuations on Desire
ANXIETY BETWEEN JOUISSANCE AND DESIRE
XII. Anxiety, Signal of the Real
XIII. Aphorisms on Love
XIV. Woman, Truer and More Real
XV. Men’s Business
THE FIVE FORMS OF THE OBJECT
XVI. Buddha's Eyelids
XVII. The Mouth and the Eye
XVIII. The Voice of Yahweh
XIX. The Evanescent Phallus
XX. What Comes in Through the Ear
XXI. Piaget's Tap
XXII. From Anal to Ideal
XXIII. On a Circle that is Irreducible to a Point
XXIV. From the a to the Names-of-the-Father
''Despite the extraordinary range and reach of his work, anxiety is really Lacan’s subject. In this book - which is among the most remarkable psychoanalytic and philosophical works of our time - Lacan shows us how much more there may be to say about this fundamental experience that paralyses speech and so immobilises people’s lives.''
Adam Phillips, psychoanalyst and writer