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In Read My Desire, Joan Copjec stages a confrontation between the theories of Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault, protagonists of two powerful modern. In Read My Desire, Joan Copjec stages a confrontation between the theories of Jacques Lacan and those of Michel Foucault, protagonists of two powerful. I wanted to put in a little plug here for Read My Desire by Joan Copjec, a work of theory that has been re-issued under Verbo Books’s.

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Critics of Trump would be wise to consider this chapter closely, and Copjec’s copmec for a cultural studies literate in desire more broadly.

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User Review – Flag as inappropriate Copjec is my personal hero. Copjec’s book does require some background knowledge of both Lacan and Foucault, but compared to many other similar titles it is clearly written and accessible.

Foucault is sect, what with his groovy modalities of power and what not, but the fact is that the entire Foucauldian oeuvre is covered in about one-fourth of copjrc Ecrits. The final section, Chapter 8, is an extended rumination on sexual difference via Judith Butler and Immanuel Kant. Lacan’s Psychoanalysis and Plato’s Symposium: Copjec then dsire into a very complex and hard-to-follow discussion of Lacan’s theory of sexuation and how it relates to Kant.

Joan Copjec is a philosopher, theorist, author, feminist, and prominent American Lacanian psychoanalyst. Copjec brilliantly shows how utilitarianism begins from an erroneous assumption about what human beings ought “rationally” to want, a logic that it then uses to justify tyranny the tyrant, out of a perverse sense of “care,” commands subjects to learn to do “what is good for them” and imperalism with the colonizer using the same tyrannical logic on colonized peoples.


Katie Glanz rated it it was amazing Mar 12, Ordinarily, these discourses only cross paths long enough for historicists to charge psychoanalysis with an Ctrl Alt Del, some scattered notes January 6, Copjec interweaves these pictures with a meditation on how utilitarianism and functionalism have changed architecture buildings are now defined primarily by their usean attitude that spills over into clothing, and then into the functionalist definition of humanity itself, koan now becomes defined by useful work – clothing, in this perspective, becomes merely a decorative and inessential supplement.

Refusing deside cede historicity to the historicists, Copjec makes a case for the superiority of Lacan’s explanation of historical process, its generative principles, and its complex functionings. As a sociologist, I now feel that I need some more Lacan, and if this is reav a compliment to Copjec’s masterful tour de force, I don’t know what is.


Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists by Joan Copjec

I would much prefer a big failure to a small success. Dec 22, Naeem rated it really liked it. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. For Copjec, psychoanalysis dfsire to subscribe to the principle of sufficient reason, but it differs from the jlan scientific assumptions because the actual cause is never directly representable to consciousness except as an absence. Anara Munkhjin rated it liked it Apr 26, Want to Read saving….

Michelle rated it it was amazing Aug 10, Copjec’s argument, as I see it, is not really with Foucault or the historicist’s, despite the subtitle of the book, but with an erroneous assumption that all human desire can be rationalized and explained – historicism in particular seems to believe that, if there are gaps in this respect, it is only because we haven’t looked hard enough.

Not because every argument is desige, but because it is audacious, comprehensive, and necessary.


Read My Desire by Joan Copjec

Pits the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan against the historicist approach of Michel Foucault to develop a profound critique of historicism. The principal of maximization of happiness on which the ethics of utilitarianism is based is cesire product of this disavowal; it is also responsible for some of the most violent aggressions against our neighbors.

Dr Zorlak rated it it was ok Sep 17, Marvin Gonzalez rated it really liked it Aug 01, This involves further ruminations on detective fiction and its connection to statistics and the probable. Books by Joan Copjec.

Here, the crucial tension is not within petty bickering between viewpoints so much as in any symbolic order, both the subject and the symbolic peerage remain incomplete. That is the essence of Chapter reas.

Refresh and try again. Lacan Against the Historicists. Again, Copjec argues that the policeman is too literal, too stuck in the literalness of the symbolic, whereas the detective locates desire at the point of the real, where the symbolic fails. A difference of desire? I don’t see it – as much as I dislike Butler, I agree with her that masculine and feminine belong firmly to the realm of the symbolic. As a sociologist, I now feel that I need some more Lacan, and if this is not a compliment to Copjec’s masterful to I can’t say I fully understood this book, and yet, as a Foucauldian, this book is no less than a sheer revelation.

Quite early, no less. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Also by Desore Copjec.