– LACAN & (THE QUESTION OF) THE “REAL” – a reading group.—an introduction to a reading of ‘The Mirror Stage’ …

– LACAN & (THE QUESTION OF) THE “REAL” –
*(—a reading group).

I—Introduction to a new reading group on the work of Jacques Lacan & the question of the ‘real’

II— By way of a sort of an introduction to Lacan himself. … *brief notes, … —from a lecture on Lacan.

 

Ecrits - The First Complete Edition in English (cover art).

I. – *notes on Lacan’s ‘The Mirror Stage as Formative of the I Function as Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience’. …
*(in-from: Jacques Lacan, Écrits, trans. Bruce Fink [London: W.W. Norton & Company, Ltd., 2006], *—pp. 75-81. …).

between transcription and expansion (—notes).

 

*In all honesty, in reading ‘The Mirror Stage’, I’m interested, in particular, in two things. …

 

(i).Firstly, I’m interested in (-by) the account of the process of the formation of, what Lacan dubs here, the ‘I function’,… that is—the ego (=“I”)…

 

… —in how and why, that is, the ego (=“I”) is formed according to Lacan’s account, and in beginning to… tease out (so to) the consequences for an understanding of his view-conception of subjectivity… —the origin, nature, status, and limits of the ego,… —of the I that says “I”. …

 

 

and, (ii).

 

… For a while now… —especially since reading up on Nietzsche’s rejection of his one-time friend Paul Rée’s philosophical work (in-across two volumes: … —the aphorisms of Psychological Observations, and the later treatise The Origin of the Moral Sensations) claiming that the origins of morality—apparently altruistic-selfless—lay, in fact, in *vanity—in self-interest (… —a kind of a precursor, in a way, to the theory of the “Selfish Gene”, amongst others. …) during research for my doctoral thesis, as well as re-reading Freud, Lacan, and Derrida for teaching-lecturing…

 

—I’ve wanted to write something interrogating and critiquing the notion-concept-conception of what Lacan, following Freud, and Derrida following both, call-refer to-define as ‘narcissism’, and in particular what both Freud and Lacan following him both (perhaps in differing-contrasting ways(—?)) call ‘primary narcissism’.

 

 

It’s this conception of ‘narcissism’ that seems (-appears at least) to be at the heart of Lacan’s account of ‘the mirror stage’, and indeed, during the course of the essay, he refers ‘the mirror stage’ explicitly to ‘narcissism’, and more specifically to ‘primary narcissism’. …

 

So. … —

(hmm)

 

—Part (—the second part-portion) of what I want to do here is to examine the nature of ‘narcissism’ as it’s used by Lacan in ‘The Mirror Stage’, and, in particular, the nature or status of the ‘primary’. …

 

—Since it’s safe to say that Lacan takes (-develops) this term-concept directly from Freud, I want to… —go back (as it were) to the Freud.

 

In particular, I want to compare the ‘narcissism’ of ‘The Mirror Stage’ to Freud’s definition of the term in his essay ‘On Narcissism: An Introduction’ (—seems like the obvious thing to do, anyway, does it not?…), in order to contextualise the Lacan, and to set out my reading of ‘the mirror stage’, its relationship to ‘narcissism’ (—their relationship to one another) and Lacan’s account of the process of the formation of the ego (=“I”). …

 

 

  

*to the reader. … —

 

*—I’m going to work here from my notes,… —beginning by simply transcribing from my notebook—as the notes look-appear(—on the page… ), and expanding on them-qualifying them where it becomes clear that that’s necessary, concentrating on a close-reading the text,—if not line-by-line, then (at least) on a page-by-page basis… though I do want to play quite free and easy with the text, picking out and close reading particular quotes and passages, skipping over, but (sometimes) returning to quotes and passages where I feel they make sense of my reading/my reading seems to make sense of them.

 

—some of my notes-observations-attempts at reading are framed in the form of questions, which I’ve felt I’m not able to offer any real kind of answer for or to, and I’m going to leave them in that form here.

 

 

*—please do feel free especially to answer them.

 

 

—I hope that all seems like a reasonable course of action (at least to begin, and to be going on with). …

 

*as for the reading group, … —I hope that these posts-notes can act as a kind of a… cipher (so to), or a spur—to debate and discussion. …

 

*—As I said in my introduction to “The Real Reading Group” (so to),… —this is intended as an open forum–informal reading group, not looking for any previous background or experience with having studied or read Lacan (though such experience is welcome). …

 

So please do, then, to join in,… read the text,—feel free to leave comments (short or long,—few or (indeed) copious (if that’s felt necessary) ), and take issue with, qualify, and/or expand these notes-this reading *(—and do please also comment on presentation and/or writing style,—if you like the style and presentation, or if you feel they are a hindrance (as they may well be… ).

 

 

 *—First, then,… —for an attempt at a close reading of the nature-structure of ‘the mirror stage’ itself. …

 

 

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