Many first-time readers of Jacques Lacan come to his work via psychology, a discipline that Lacan was notoriously antagonistic toward. Six Moments in Lacan takes up the dual challenge of introducing Lacanian psychoanalysis to an audience interested in psychology, while also stressing the fundamental differences between the two disciplines. Punctuated by lively examples, Six Moments in Lacan demonstrates the distinctive value of Lacanian concepts in approaching afresh topics such as communication, identity, otherness and inter-subjectivity.
Avoiding the jargon and wilful obscurity that so often accompanies expositions of Lacan's psychoanalytic theories, this book puts Lacanian ideas to work in practical and illuminating ways. A handful of concepts, draw from distinct moments in Lacan's teaching, are contextualized and explained, and applied to the task of exploring the 'psychological' and unconscious dimensions of everyday life. Notions such as the 'big Other', 'full' versus 'empty' speech, logical time, 'imaginary' and 'symbolic' identification, and the idea of 'the master signifier' are brought to life via popular cultural references. Revitalizing several Freudian and Lacanian concepts for everyday use, Six Moments in Lacan asks - and answers - a series of compelling questions
Derek Hook is an associate professor of psychology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. In addition to ‘Six Moments in Lacan’ he is the author of ‘A Critical Psychology of the Postcolonial’ and is, along with Calum Neill, co-editor of the Palgrave Lacan Series, and along with Stijn Vanheule, co-editor of the landmark ‘Reading Lacan’s Ecrits’ series. He is a former trainee at the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research in London, and in addition to lecturing and scholarly work he is also a clinical supervisor.