Moncayo’s collection of essays accomplishes what Roland Barthes would call a “bathmology”—a science of degrees—within the field of psychoanalysis. Precisely because he does not separate Lacan from Freud, Freud from Darwin, or Lacan from Winnicott, he multiplies illuminating distinctions. With a curiosity that knows no bounds, he probes boundaries between concepts and offers crucial distinctions, like the opposition between pure and applied psychoanalysis. Here, it seems, we can have both at once, all the while knowing their difference.
This work represents one of the few initiatives in the Anglo-Saxon world to elucidate the structure of psychic space by constructing an access to the nature of mathematical relations. Finding pathways through the complexities of sexual love is notoriously difficult: Raul Moncayo shows how Lacan’s psychoanalytic results have found some solutions to many of these difficulties and problems.
Psychosis, an invasion of mind and body from without, creates an enigma about what is happening and thrusts the individual into radical isolation. What are the subjective details of such experiences? This book explores psychosis as knowledge cut off from history, truth that cannot be articulated in any other form. Delusion is a new language made of ‘incandescent alphabets’ that the psychotic adopts from imposed voices.
Lacan critiqued imaginary intuition for confusing direct perception with unconscious pre-conceptions about people and the world.The emphasis on description goes hand in hand with a rejection of theory and the science of the unconscious and a belief in the naive self-transparency of the world.
This is the most in-depth, clinically astute, and illuminating exploration of perversion that I know of! Swales convincingly guides us through the maze of sadism, masochism, voyeurism, exhibitionism, and fetishism, illustrating her discussions throughout with eye-opening case material. A must-read book for all clinicians wishing to work with patients many shy away from owing to myriad transferential difficulties and misconceptions.” – Bruce Fink, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Duquesne University
"Challenging and stimulating, this book opens fresh channels of experience as it clears old battlefields. One of the best books on the dialogue between Buddhism and psychoanalysis that I've read. The main interlocutors are Mahayana Buddhism's "no self" and Lacan's 'empty subject', with intriguing insights on every page. Mesmerizing and enlightening.
This book is a landmark . Far beyond another elucidation of Lacanian theory and practice this book is the first innovation that extends Lacanian and Freudian approaches to contemporary ethos and environments. Beyond poststructuralism and postmodernism it contains numerous innovations of Lacanian concepts regarding femininity and masculinity, brief analysis, trace and trait. The notions of the void, lack, and emptiness are put to work in relation to a fourth moment of Oedipus and the decline of the paternal function. Only someone with a long track of commitment and study of the Freudian-Lacanian corpus, as well as contemporary psychoanalysis, could have brought such remarkable innovations.
Whereas many books on Lacanian psychoanalysis simply introduce or explain Lacan's ideas, this volume develops and advances his work, which by no means implies that only the advanced reader will be able to benefit from it. Without fear or trepidation, Moncayo enters the intricate meshwork of the Lacanian edifice, probing into its multi-layered construction, delving into its deepest recesses, and re-emerging from it with startlingly new insights and a fresh perspective on theory and practice.