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Intervention of the Other : Ethical Subjectivity in Levinas and Lacan - David Ross Fryer

Intervention of the Other

Ethical Subjectivity in Levinas and Lacan

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The Intervention of the Other deftly brings the thought of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Lacan into fruitful dialogue through a comparative analysis of these two seemingly disparate thinkers.

Emmanuel Levinas, Lithuanian-born French phenomenologist of the nonphenomenon, and Jacques Lacan, controversial French psychoanalyst and (post)structuralist theorist of the Freudian Unconscious, lived and wrote in the same city, at the same time, among the same colleagues, often using the same language and the same sources, sometimes writing to the same audiencesoand yet they never wrote to or about one another.

Following Sartre, Levinas thought that Freud had fundamentally misunderstood the nature of consciousness when he posited the Unconscious as a second, but hidden, consciousness. Despite this suspicion of psychoanalysis, however, Levinasi own work celebrated a certain something that could not be contained by thought.

For his part, Lacan was suspicious of philosophical ethics. He subscribed to a Freudian critique of ethics as pathogenic. Nevertheless, he saw his own work as fundamentally about a kind of ethics, specifically an ethics concerned with how people live their lives in an already normative society.

While the two never engaged with each otheris thought directly, Levinas and Lacan were interested in many of the same questions: What is the nature of the self? What is it to be a subject? Can the ethical be grounded in a post-foundationalist world?

Through close textual analysis, David Ross Fryer shows how Levinas and Lacan offer two ways of positing the ethical subject in the post-humanist landscape of contemporary thought.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviations and Citationsp. xi
Introduction: Post-Humanism and Ethical Subjectivity in Levinas and Lacanp. 1
The Other and the Self: Creating the Subjectp. 31
Sexed Subjectivity, Symbolic Subjectivityp. 71
Linguistic Subjectivity and the Speaking Subjectp. 115
Ethical Subjectivity: God, An-Archy, the Subject, and Desirep. 155
Conclusion: Post-Humanist Ethical Subjectivityp. 215
Referencesp. 239
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9781590510889
ISBN-10: 1590510887
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 17th May 2004
Publisher: Other Press LLC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.09  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.4