Lacan the Charlatan (The Palgrave Lacan Series)

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21st-century, , Philosophy, Literature

This book sets out to determine the validity of an accusation made against Jacques Lacan by Noam Chomsky in an interview in 1989. He stated that Lacan was a “charlatan” – not that his ideas were flawed or wrong, but that his entire discourse was fraudulent, an accusation that has since been repeated by many other critics. Examining the arguments of key anti-Lacanian critics, Mathews weighs and contextualizes the legitimacy of Lacan’s engagements with structural linguistics, mathematical formalization, science, ethics, Hegelian dialectics, and psychoanalysis. The guiding thread is Lacan’s own recurrent interrogation of authority, which inhabits an ambiguous zone between mastery and charlatanry. This book offers a novel contribution to the field for students and scholars of psychoanalysis, philosophy, sociology, critical and literary theory.

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  • Peter Mathews

    Don't be fooled by the title. The book is neither an attack on nor a defense of Lacan, but rather an nuanced examination of how authority works....

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    "we know that the Écrits are unreadable; people at least pretend to read them..."Jacques Lacan, My Teaching Peter Matthews analyses Lacan's most notable critics, Roger Scruton, François Roustang, No...

  • Karl Hallbjrnsson

    An all right romp — many interesting tidbits and meditations on Lacan, psychoanalysis, etc. — although I'm not quite sure how well the author answered his own research question: is Lacan a charlat...

  • Peter Mathews