Lacan the Charlatan (Palgrave Lacan) (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

Peter D. Mathews is Professor of English Literature at Hanyang University, South Korea.

Product Details
ISBN: 9783030452063
ISBN-10: 3030452069
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2021
Pages: 228
Language: English
Series: Palgrave Lacan