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Althusser Freud and Lacan

Althusser Freud and Lacan

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Lenin and Philosophyand other essays
TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH
BY BEN BREWSTER 
 
First published,
1971
© NLB
1971
Second edition,
1977
NLB,
7 Carlisle
Street,
London
wi
Typeset in Monotype Ehrhardtand printed byUnwin Brothers Limited, The
Gresham
Press,Old
Woking,
SurreyDesigned by Gerald Cinamon
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Freud and Lacan
Friends have correctly criticized me for discussing Lacanin three
lines.
1
This was too much for what I was sayingabout him, and too little for the conclusions that I drewfrom him. They have asked me for a few words to justifyboth the allusion and its object. Here they are - a few words,where a book is needed.In the history of Western Reason, every care, foresight,precaution and warning has been devoted to births. Pre-natal therapy is institutional. When a young science is born,the family circle is always ready for astonishment, jubilationand baptism. For a long time, every child, even the found-ling, has been reputed the son of a father, and when it is aprodigy, the fathers would fight at the gate if it were notfor the mother and the respect due to her. In our crowdedworld, a place is allocated for birth, a place is even allocated
for the prediction of a birth:
'prospective'.
To my knowledge, the nineteenth century saw the birthof two or three children that were not
expected:
Marx,
Nietzsche and Freud.
'Natural'
children, in the sense that
nature
offends
customs, principles, morality and good
breeding:
nature is the rule violated, the unmarried mother,hence the absence of a legal father. Western Reason makes afatherless child pay heavily. Marx, Nietzsche and Freudhad to foot the often terrible bill of 
survival:
a price
i.
Revue
de
I'Enseignement
philosophique,
June-July
1963,
'Philosophic
et
sciences
humaines',
p. 7 and p.
n,
0.14: 'Marx
based his theory on the
rejection of the myth of the
"homo
aconomicus",
Freud based his theory onthe rejection of the myth of the
"homo
psychologicus".
Lacan has seen and
understood Freud's liberating rupture. He has understood it in the fullest
sense of the
term,
taking it rigorously at its word and forcing it to produce
its own consequences, without concessions or quarter. It may be that, likeeveryone else, he errs in the detail or even the choice of his philosophical
bearings;
but we owe him the
essential.'

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