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Aggressiveness in Psychoanalysis
  This chapter provides a close reading of Lacan's essay ‘Aggressiveness in Psychoanalysis’. In this écrit, Lacan situates aggression as a fundamental force in the emergence of subjectivity and in the formation of the ego in particular. In the process, Lacan challenges the traditional understanding of aggression as a purely destructive or negative force, linking it to Freud's notion of the death drive and his own developing idea of paranoiac knowledge.

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    23 February 2024

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    Edinburgh Napier Funded


Neill, C., & Eyers, T. (2024). Aggressiveness in Psychoanalysis. In C. Neill, D. Hook, & S. Vanheule (Eds.), Reading Lacan's Ecrits: From 'Overture' to 'Presentation on Psychical Causality'. London: Routledge.



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