Part 2 - The Short History of Existentialism: VI - Post -Structuralists - Jacques Lacan

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The Dialectics of Liberation: Anarchism, Existentialism, and Decentralism.
Part 2 - The Short History of Existentialism:
VI - Post -Structuralists - Jacques Lacan

"The flower of a free life is the negation of a parameterized Real." - charlie777pt

1 - Introduction

"Love is to give what you don't have" - Jacques Lacan

In the next five posts about post-structuralism, I will dedicate in each one, to an Introduction as parts of the explanation of the movement and the analysis of one following authors, Jacques Lacan, Michel Foucault, Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida, and Paul Ricoeur.

Post-structuralism brought in the concepts of human beings as a voluntarist, self-determined and self-constituted people, that fight against the order of the world, and where the speech can't be separated from the objects of the discourse, streaming in reality.

That means that being and existence are mutually shaping and there is no synchronic truth of reality that can be frozen but a diachronic continuous process moving in the axis of time, where the power of the word is transforming reality and being infleunced by it in our inner perceptions and our experience.

1.1 - Postmodernist thinking

Instrumentalism, Structuralism, Deconstructionism, Social Constructionism and Psychoanalysis, are the influences and oppositions of the universe of Post-structuralism and post-modern thinking.

  • Instrumentalism in the lines of Pragmatism sees theories and concepts like tools for change and social research.
  • Existentialism has ties to Phenomenology and stresses the subjectivity of individual existence forming experience, in freedom of choice, building morale and truth by self-conviction.
  • Structuralism, as opposed to Existentialism, wanted to find the forms of phenomenon inside the structures and its meaning.
  • Deconstructionism is about finding meaning in cultural texts, that could have non-unanimous meanings, and wanted to understand the perception and categorization, and find the polarity of contradictions in the phenomena.
  • Social Constructionism mostly expressed in Lev Vygotsky's Social Constructivist Theory involves the theories of knowledge in sociology and communication, showing the connection between reality representations as a result of shared social construction.
    Knowledge is constructed in the learning process by the cooperation between individuals but it is only possible with the motivation of the learner and a partner that can fulfill the existing gap.
  • Psychoanalysis, born with Freud's theory that mental illness could be cured by turning conscious the unconscious thoughts by insights and transfers, with the analyst in therapy sessions, to liberate the suppressed emotions and traumatic experiences, that can be seen in the symptoms.

Post-structuralism believes that there are no structures in society and culture, and emphasize the subjectivity of the knowledge and the truths of these entities.

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” - C.G. Jung

   2 - Jacques Lacan (1901-1981)

We will start this series with Jacques Lacan that was named the father of post-structuralism, and he had influences in the analytical movement, feminism, film theory, Marxism, and in the postmodern thinking, just to name some.

Lacan was not looking for the self or the truth, he was interested in the processes of the construction of knowledge by language and ideological structures, structuring and conditioning our conscious, unconscious and the symbolic order.

"The unconscious is structured like a language" - Jacques Lacan

Lacan's approach of language as a symbolic order, brings a more scientific and realistic view of the unconscious as a system and the discourse as a reflection of the structures, creating a bridge between psychoanalysis and the cultural anthropology of Lévi-Strauss.

Language is a virus that spreads in humans to understand and fill reality, relationships and themselves.

"The word is a key to the Unconscious." - charlie777pt

We are going to talk about the relationship between Freudian psychoanalysis and Lacan's approach of linguistics to structuralism and connecting the speaking subject as immersed in the culture, bringing a more scientific model to and more realistic approach to the conception of the unconscious.
Freudian orthodox theorists keep looking at the duality of symbolic thought and the structures, seeing it as the cultural reflection on the Super-Ego, but Lacan broke with this tradition using structuralism to criticize the psychoanalytic concepts.

Lacan in the middle of an era of the emergence of the linguistic theories introduced the concept of the sign to connect the word, to transform it in the logic model of the subject situated in the view of structural anthropology.
He was deeply influenced by the Heidegger’s concept of Dasein as the constraint of the Self, and he brought the possibility that the word could have the same structure of dreams to be used as an analytical material for the therapeutic sessions.

Lacan distinguishes Reality - the self-deceptive world we believe we are in, from the Real - the inexpressible materiality of existence behind language.

"Our words seem to be the Truth" - charlie777pt

The Freudian model of Id, Ego, and Superego was rearranged by Jacques Lacan the concepts of the Orders of the Real, the Imaginary, and the Symbolic (The Borromean Knot) and the relation between symptoms and the word.

"The unconscious is that part of concrete discourse qua transindividual, which is not at the subject’s disposal in reestablishing the continuity of his conscious discourse" - Jacques Lacan in Ecrits

3 - The Borromean Knot of Jacques Lacan

  • The Imaginary is fantasy and imagination, fascination and illusion, mother and feminine, visual and "imagetic", ego and duality.
  • The Real is the Id, Being and Nature, body and object, the unconscious forces and the instinct, the biological and the neurophysiologic, the needs and materiality, and the search from Truth and desire realization.
  • The Symbolic is The Superego, father and masculine, the subject and the speech (language), influenced by, law and order, culture and society, as forms and structures.

Psychological insecurity starts with the fragility or rupture of any of these circles, affecting people's ontological anxiety and possibly revealing observable disruptive behaviors and in the order of the discourse, revealing the order of the Symptoms that glues and consubstantiate the three rings together.

We look but we must find what we don't see, when we talk watch out what we do not speak, if listening, question what you not be earing, and whenever we touch we have to learn how to feel.

"Every word fills an Emptiness in the World" - charlie777pt

Lacan was above all a man who was exposed himself to his contradictions and convictions, and who fundamentally always asked who was looking for him was what people really wanted.

Writing this post was tuff because I read all the works of Lacan and his critics some years ago, and I was forced to give just a glimpse of the tip of the iceberg about the complexity of the Lacanian thought, and I hope it was a good motivation for readers to get to know him better.

We finished here the concentrated post about Jacques Lacan and the next posts will be on Michel Foucault, Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida, and Paul Ricoeur.

Short Video:
Psychotherapy - Jacques Lacan

Long Video:
The Borromean Knot of Jacques Lacan; Or, How to Beat Your Death Drive" a lecture by Aron Dunlap

Funny music video about language:
Laurie Anderson - Language Is A Virus (From Outer Space)

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The Dialectics of Liberation: Anarchism, Existentialism and Decentralism.
Published Posts:

Introduction to the Dialectics of Liberation: Anarchism, Existentialism and Decentralism

I - Anarchism

II - Existentialism

Next posts on the Series:
II - Existentialism(Cont.)

  • What is Existentialism ? (Cont.)
    • Part 2 - The Short History of Existentialism: VI - Post -Structuralism - Michel Foucault
    • Part 2 - The Short History of Existentialism: VI - Post -Structuralism - Emmanuel Levinas
    • Part 2 - The Short History of Existentialism: VI - Post -Structuralism - Jacques Derrida
    • Part 2 - The Short History of Existentialism: VI - Post -Structuralism - Paul Ricouer
    • Part 3 - The Philosophy of Existentialism: I - The Meaning of Nonsense
    • Part 4 - The Fear of Freedom of Erich Fromm
  • The "Existentialists"
    • Part 1 - The Players and the Times
    • Part 2 - Jean Paul Sartre - the Man of The 20th Century
  • Humanism and Existentialism
  • Existentialism and Anarchism
  • The Future : Posthumanism, transhumanism and inhumanism

III - Decentralism

  • What is Decentralism?
  • The Philosophy of Decentralism
  • Blockchain and Decentralization
  • Anarchism, Existentialism, and Decentralism

IV - Dialectic for Self-Liberation

  • The Dialectics of Liberation Congress
  • Psychedelics, Libertarian and artistical movements
  • Psychoanalysis and Existentialism
  • The Anti-psychiatry movement


- charlie777pt on Steemit:
Collectivism vs. Individualism
Prince Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin - The Emergence of Anarchism
Social Reality: Index of the series about Social Reality: Power, Violence and change
Index of Chapter 1 - Anarchism of this series
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Thanks a lot kid!!!

Bem vindo de volta. Sempre aprender com os teus posts. Obrigado

Muito Obrigado amigo.
Motivação e comentários aumentam a minha produção literária hehe.
Os meus posts demoram um pouco a aparecer, pois é dificíl concentrar estes assuntos e autores e torná-los acessíveis aos leitores.
Este tipo de post exige envolvimento do leitor ao nível do seu self, o que normalmente aumenta a ansiedade, mas essa sensação acontece quanto realmente estamos a ser expostos a novas visões e difíceis verdades.

Por isso faço questão de os ler quando posso. Aprendo muito com os teus posts. Estas questões interessam-me. Abraço

Muito Obrigado, que as pessoas aprender este é o meu grande objectivo e gostava de ver mais comentários(para me obrigar a aprender mais), pois são o único sinal que a nossa diferença se espelha no Mundo.

Mas acredito que ás vezes os meus textos possam ser "intimadores" para comentar.
Tenho e tive sempre uma vida dedicada em extremo ao caminho da dialética da auto-libertação, e acho que a minha experiência pode ser uma luz no fundo to túnel para uma atualidade que apenas dá caminhos muito fáceis e rápidos, porque apenas os caminhos que exigem grande esforço, constante auto-vigilância e perguntar mais sobre a uma realidade que nos construiu e que parametriza o nosso sentido da vida, o nosso amor, as nossas obras, os nossos desejos, a nossa sabedoria e a nossa sexualidade.

teríamos longas conversas de café estou a ver XD

interesting lecture by Aron Dunlap, great video

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