Lacan with the Philosophers

By Ruth Ronen

© 2018

Closely examining Jacques Lacan's unique mode of engagement with philosophy, Lacan with the Philosophers sheds new light on the interdisciplinary relations between philosophy and psychoanalysis. While highlighting the philosophies fundamental to the study of Lacan’s psychanalysis, Ruth Ronen reveals how Lacan resisted the straightforward use of these works. Lacan’s use of philosophy actually has a startling effect in not only providing exceptional entries into the philosophical texts (of Aristotle, Descartes, Kant and Hegel), but also in exposing the affinity between philosophy and psychoanalysis around shared concepts (including truth, the unconscious, and desire), and at the same time affirming the irreducible difference between the analyst and the philosopher.

Inspired by Lacan’s resistance to philosophy, Ruth Ronen addresses Lacan’s use of philosophy to create a fertile moment of exchange. Straddling the fields of philosophy and psychoanalysis with equal emphasis, Lacan with the Philosophers develops a unique interdisciplinary analysis and offers a new perspective on the body of Lacan’s writings.

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Lacan with the Philosophers creates a dialogue between the oeuvre of psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan and philosophy. Major philosophical figures to which Lacan vastly referred are examined around key concepts fundamental to philosophy – being, truth, knowledge, the good, the subject.

Lacan with the Philosophers

By Ruth Ronen

© 2018

Closely examining Jacques Lacan's unique mode of engagement with philosophy, Lacan with the Philosophers sheds new light on the interdisciplinary relations between philosophy and psychoanalysis. While highlighting the philosophies fundamental to the study of Lacan’s psychanalysis, Ruth Ronen reveals how Lacan resisted the straightforward use of these works. Lacan’s use of philosophy actually has a startling effect in not only providing exceptional entries into the philosophical texts (of Aristotle, Descartes, Kant and Hegel), but also in exposing the affinity between philosophy and psychoanalysis around shared concepts (including truth, the unconscious, and desire), and at the same time affirming the irreducible difference between the analyst and the philosopher.

Inspired by Lacan’s resistance to philosophy, Ruth Ronen addresses Lacan’s use of philosophy to create a fertile moment of exchange. Straddling the fields of philosophy and psychoanalysis with equal emphasis, Lacan with the Philosophers develops a unique interdisciplinary analysis and offers a new perspective on the body of Lacan’s writings.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Lacan with the Philosophers is a must-read for any philosopher interested in what this singular French psychoanalyst and thinker contributes to reading the great philosophers of our tradition: Plato on love, Pascal on God, Descartes on the cogito, Kant on morality and on the a priori, and Hegel on the absolute master. The analysis takes us in the other direction as well, showing through several key analyses in what ways Lacan put these philosophers to use in the service of psychoanalysis."


    Russell Grigg, Philosophy, Deakin University
  • Author Information

    Ruth Ronen is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University.
  • Table of contents

    1. Lacan with the Philosophers
    2. The Love of Truth – Lacan with Plato
    3. Soulove – Lacan and Aristotle "On the Soul"
    4. To think or not to be – Lacan with Descartes
    5. Lacan Wagers with Pascal
    6. The Erotics of the One – Lacan with Kant
    7. Beyond Good and Evil – Lacan and Kantian Morality
    8. Lacan and Hegel in Three Steps: Otherness, Death, Singularity