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Where to Start 1: The Psychoanalytic Theorists | Why Theory

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The episode claims that [[Sigmund Freud]]’s most important work is Beyond the Pleasure Principle, but that you shouldn’t start reading Freud with that.

Jacqueline Rose has important commentary on Freud’s later works.

[[Sigmund Freud]] essentially believed that [[one is not born a woman]].

[[Jacques Lacan]] didn’t “become Lacan” until Seminar XI.

Hegel’s idea of the subject is only free when it recognizes itself in absolute otherness.

Lacan’s idea of anxiety is a bit like Hegel’s idea of freedom.

The hosts do not like Lacan’s Ecrits much.

[[Zizek]] believes that [[Christianity]] has an atheistic core to it.

[[Sigmund Freud]]’s point regarding the phallus is that it’s false from the start, it’s not “phallo-centric”. [[Psychoanalysis]] is an analysis of a phallo-centric society.

Recommended readings


  • A Note Upon the Mystic Writing Pad
  • Negation
  • Fetishism
  • The Interpretation of Dreams


  • The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis
  • Anxiety


  • Looking Awry
  • The Plague of Fantasies
  • The Fright of Real Tears
  • The Parallax View
  • Less Than Nothing


The episode recommends all of Copjec’s works, but in particular:

  • “The Orthopsychic Subject”
  • “Sex and the Euthanasia of Reason”


  • The Odd One In
  • Ethics of the Real


  • The Call of Character: Living a Life Worth Living
  • Between Levinas and Lacan: Self, Other, Ethics
  • The Ethics of Opting Out
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