Springer Verlag (2019)

Ed Pluth
California State University, Chico
This book promotes a Lacanian approach to silence, arguing that Lacanian psychoanalysis is distinctive for putting a high value on both silence and language. Unlike other disciplines and discourses the authors do not treat silence as a mystical-impossible beyond, at the cost of demoting the value of language and thought. Rather than treating silence with awe and wonder, this book puts silence to work, and it does so in order to deal with the inevitable alienation that comes with becoming speaking-beings. This illuminating book will be of great interest to scholars of Lacan and the psychosocial, as well as more broadly to philosophers and linguists alike.
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ISBN(s) 978-3-030-28146-5   978-3-030-28147-2   3030281469   9783030281465
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The Silent Treatment

In the final chapter we look at Lacan’s provisional uptake of Pascal and elaborate on this as a way of understanding silence as crucial in psychoanalysis and in everyday life. We contend that the impossibility of silence is a quest worth embarking on as it raises a number of questions about subjecti... see more

Silence as Practice

This chapter looks at the ‘writing’ and portrayal of silence in literature and music. We closely consider Beckett, Melville and Claudel as well as John Cage’s infamous silent composition, 4′33″ as varying ways in which silence is invoked and grappled with.

Silence, the Enabling Condition

This chapter discusses the various ways in which silence is used in psychoanalytic practice and theory. It considers arguments from Reik as well as Lacan and others about the importance of using silence in the clinic, and then turns to a discussion of how Lacan gave the experience of silence a cruci... see more

Silence, the Impossible Object

In this chapter, we contrast a Lacanian approach to silence and language with another historically significant approach to the topics, studied and presented in detail by William Franke in a series of books, which we call apophatic discourse. We determine that the silence portrayed in this discourse ... see more

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