Philosophy Forum 06/05/2015 Jacques Lacan: The Mirror Stage as Formative of the ‘I’ Function as Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience

Dear All

to continue with the current interest in Lacan I thought we could look at this piece on his famous Mirror Stage. I also thought we could familiarise ourselves with the entries to Real, Imaginary and Symbolic as found in the previously supplied dictionary (see last week’s posts). The text on the Mirror Stage is available in this larger work (part II section 5) and the meeting will be in the usual UL102 14:15-15:45.

With best wishes

Graham

Jacques Lacan’s ‘Discourse Game’

Dear All

following on from the discussion of yesterday I have created a ‘fill in the missing Lacanian discourses‘ game. This is partially humorously intended and partially serious. Serious insofar as some of the discussion raises precisely the issue that, as the schema has been created, it necessitates the existence of the other positions -which presumably given sufficient understanding of the relations between the positions could be seen to mean things (discourses?).

As I have not been able to find any definitive guide to what the relations between the positions are, this hampers interpretation somewhat.This issue was brought to particular light in the Olivier discussion in which the postulated notion that lower symbols are unconscious was brought into doubt. The reason being that if Olivier is right then pseudo hysterical capitalist if ruled by a hidden but not unconscious master signifier, whereas in a conventional understanding of the master’s discourse the divided subject seems reasonably unconscious to the agency of the master signifier.

In further discussion S1 over S2 towards $ over a was postulated as an alternative capitalist discourse -rather than the pseudo hysterical one. Here the master signifier hides knowledge in the position of truth. The subject has become the other (to itself even) and the production is of the petit a- it made sense at the time.  

This kind of deliberately allowing ourselves to dwell within the framework led to the further question of ‘what about the other discourses?’ So feel free to treat the game purely as humour, but equally if anyone has any insights into the meaning of the relations or what potentially the other configurations might mean, please feel free to share.

With best wishes

Graham

Philosophy Forum 15/04/2015 – Matthew Clarke: The Other Side of Education: A Lacanian Critique of Neoliberal Education Policy

Dear All

In pursuing things philosophical, French and education related I have found this paper which may or may not be worth reading. You are duly invited to discuss whether or not it was worth your while reading it at the usual time 14:15-15:45 and in the usual room UL102 (in the library).

With best wishes

Graham