Jacques Lacan was one of the most important psychoanalysts ever to wide- ranging primer, Lionel Bailly demonstrates how Lacan’s ideas are. The right of Lionel Bailly to be identified as the Author of this work has been of Lacanian practice revealed of the theory – and it seems to me that many of. Lionel Bailly, MRCPsych, a Psychoanalyst and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist , He is in charge of teaching the ‘Lacan’ units in the MSc in Theoretical.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Lacan by Lionel Bailly. A Beginner’s Guide by Lionel Bailly. Jacques Lacan was one of the most important psychoanalysts ever to have lived. Controversial throughout his lifetime both bially adopting mathematical concepts in his psychoanalytic framework and for advoca Jacques Lacan was one of the most important psychoanalysts ever to have lived.
Controversial throughout his lifetime both for adopting mathematical concepts in his psychoanalytic framework and for advocating therapy sessions of varying length, he is widely misunderstood and often unfairly dismissed as impenetrable. Including bai,ly of developments in Lacanian billy since his death, this is the perfect introduction to the great modern theorist.
Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bajllyplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jan 19, AC rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is fabulous — For anyone i. Bailly lays out the theoretical foundations with great clarity though even here, the material on desire and on ‘l’objet petit a’ does get rather gritty.
Moreover, Baily stresses, quite rightly it seemthat in spite of its theoretical interest, Lacan is really about laczn psychoanalytic practice and not about t This book is fabulous — For anyone i. Moreover, Baily stresses, quite rightly it seemthat in spite of its theoretical interest, Lacan is really about the psychoanalytic practice and not about the theoretical constructs that are, in the end, only ‘constructs’.
There is much other material in this short book, including a final chapter on counseling as opposed to psychoanalysis in the 21st cen. The Ego is posterior to the Subject. Once the Subject sees itself in a mirror around age 2it forms an identification with this image-double, and then gradually affixes attributes to this ‘double’ attributes culled from the Big Liionelwith which the Subject then identifies.
The first mirror, however, is actually the gaze of the mother.
Lacan Beginner’s Guide – Lionel Bailly – Appliedjung
The Ego, then, is not the solution Freudbut the problem. It exists in the realm of the Imaginary, is an illusion, and casts an obscuring shadow — like an offending tower — on the true needs themselves unconscious of the Subject himself a construction of the Big Other.
One must move the tower, so that those needs can come into the light. The task of the Lacanian analyst is thus like that of trying to breach “a city wall [the Ego] with a herring”.
A lot of interesting material here — and this book gives you enough of a handle to have a real working knowledge of this very strange, influential, and enigmatic writer.
View all 8 comments. Jun 13, Dale rated it it was amazing. Jan 14, Anh Xu Beo rated it it was amazing. Aug 12, Tom Syverson rated it it was amazing. This is the perfect book for anyone completely new to Lacan.
He hits all the major topics with remarkable clarity. Great as this book is, the beginning reader should know that this is of course only an introduction. Virtually every topic is boiled down and explain This is the perfect book for anyone completely new to Lacan.
Virtually every topic is boiled down and explained with such clarity, that it’s actually quite different than what you’ll find reading Lacan himself or disciples like Bruce Fink or Slavoj Liohel. Bailly explains things in such a way that they make perfect sense, but such neatness is not only impossible reading the primary source material, but Lacan himself would find it abhorrent to what he was trying to say all along.
So just keep in mind that this is the beginning, and by no means the end, of approaching Lacan. This will enable you to move onto some heavier stuff with confidence. Sep 09, Benjamin rated it it was amazing Shelves: The biggest excuse for dismissing Lacan’s work has always been that it is obfuscating, opaque, obscurantist nonsense that can’t be properly critiqued because there’s nothing there to engage with.
The only engagement I’ve had with Lacan has been via Zizek, Laclau, Butler and Badiou- all of whom did a good job of convincing me that there may be nothing to his work, but maybe they created something interesting out of the mess, like a great remix of a bad song. However, this book convinced me that L The biggest excuse for dismissing Lacan’s work has always been that it is obfuscating, opaque, obscurantist nonsense that can’t be properly critiqued because there’s nothing there laan engage with.
However, this book convinced me that Lacan is saying something, that it isn’t obscure there’s great stuff in here explaining how it seems nonsensical outside of the context of clinical psychiatry and that it has something to say.
Not only that, but you can understand every word- unlike many books on Lacan I’ve read that left me none the wiser. Even if you don’t agree with him, this books shows that the usual easy criticism doesn’t hold. Jul 26, Vladimir rated it really liked it. Among the better introductions to Lacan out there. However, I wonder if I found this book clear and concise because I’ve already read Lacan.
Perhaps some of the mathemes may require more explanation for people laca are not acquainted with this side of Lacan. Lacan’s lscan of synecdoche, metonymy and metaphor are also explained perhaps too quickly and not deeply enough. Otherwise, the book presents basic concepts as coherently as it’s possible considering what a messy thinker Lacan was and what I es Among the better introductions to Lacan out there.
Otherwise, the book presents basic concepts as coherently as it’s possible considering what a messy thinker Lacan was and what I especially liked is that Bailly tried to illustrate Lacan’s concepts with clinical examples. I still think you can’t really “understand” Lacan without actually working your way through his dense and insanely incoherent work, but this is a good starting lioonel. Jul 18, Paul Johnston rated it it was amazing Shelves: Excellent introduction to Lacan. Very readable style and some helpful clinical examples to illustrate some of the concepts and the approaches.
I read lione, again in August Liked it even more than the first time.
Definitely an excellent introduction. Actually left me feeling that I am on the way to a reasonable understanding of Lacan – so proof that I lacab definitely stuck in the realm of the imaginary: Feb 26, Richard Wu rated it it was amazing.
What is the result? On one side, those who deride Lacan and his thought as poisonous sophistry. On the other, those convinced these others cement themselves in regressive dogma. But this fundamental curiosity which drives many a soul can, for some, be categorized as a motivation in itself.
The brain named itself. And, for that matter, everything else. Psychology concerns itself with a particular named object called the mind. Insane, futile, pointless; rightful categorizations perhaps, but they do not preclude the effort, which thus becomes, in the Nietzschean turn, righteous and honorable: Lacan is ars gratia artis.
Find and kill the minotaur does he exist? To take an esoteric jumble of confused, self-contradictory obscurantism and craft of it something not only legible but intelligible, and then to convincingly defend its merits against numerous multipolar accusations, is at once a sign that considerable reflection has taken place and a resolute conviction in the intellectual substance of the source material.
And the dinosaur he has revealed is tremendously captivating; it took all of two days for me to devour these pages. Suffice it to say that I believe biological reductionism, the position that declares a wholly mathematical understanding of the mind as a mix of neurons, cortisol, dopamine, and other such nomenclature, is a bankrupt Luddite scientism.
Is it so ridiculous to believe that epiphenomena lscan be understood better—vastly better—through epiphenomenal tools than through ilonel force elemental analysis?
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Before it arrives, we need literature. And for my part, I will say that of every lioneel I’ve thus far encountered, Lacanian theory cuts closest to my current model of the psyche. Having been a militant atheist, I instantly recognized and proudly identified with figures like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens.
But who was this guy with a weird name that preceded Daniel Dennett?
Reading his page was absolutely mystifying. Frustrated, I quit, knowing that whatever he was, he was utterly and totally beyond my comprehension. I see what you are doing, and I know why you are doing it; my condolences. Sep 11, Jack rated it really liked it Shelves: Reading this in conjunction with Zizek’s introduction to Lacan inclines me towards thinking this is the better educational resource – it lacks Zizek’s bombast, but is certainly more persuasive and educational to the average reader unfamiliar with Lacan or Zizek themselves.
Whereas that book focused on Lacanian theory applied mostly to film theory, this book is focused on outlining theory to be put into psychoanalytic practice, as was always Lacan’s intention. It offers valuable historical contex Reading this in conjunction with Zizek’s introduction to Lacan inclines me towards thinking this is the better educational resource – it lacks Zizek’s bombast, but is certainly more persuasive and educational to the average reader unfamiliar with Lacan or Zizek themselves.
It offers valuable historical context and some very interesting discussion on why Lacan is such an ambivalent figure to the broader psychological community and the future of his work. Nonetheless, I recommend reading both books for the perspectives they offer.
I’m thoroughly convinced that reading Lacan will be a worthwhile endeavour, and that if his influence had penetrated Ireland, I might seek out Lacanian psychoanalysis. He seems to be the perfect evolution on Freud I’ve been looking for. View all 3 comments. Jan 20, Wilde Sky rated it it was ok. A brief introduction to the work of a psychoanalyst.