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Freud and the Desire of the Psychoanalyst
Author: Serge Cottet

ISBN: 9781855755925
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 16 December 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 14.7 x 1.3
Description:
Freud's invention of psychoanalysis was based on his own desire to know something about the unconscious, but what have been the effects of this original desire on psychoanalysis ever since? How has Freud's desire created symptoms in the history of psychoanalysis? Has it helped or hindered its transmission?

Exploring these questions brings Serge Cottet to Lacan's concept of the psychoanalyst's desire: less a particular desire and more a function, it is what allows analysts to operate in their practice. It emerges during analysis and is crucial in enabling the analysand to begin working with the unconscious of others when they take on the position of analyst themselves. What is this function and how can it be traced in Freud's work?

Cottet's book, first published in French in 1982 and revised in 1996, is a classic of Lacanian psychoanalysis. It is not only a scholarly study of Freud and Lacan, but also a thought-provoking introduction to the key issues of Lacanian psychoanalysis.

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