Reviewed by Elliot L. Yet, those who revile Lacanians can be equally excessive—as if Lacan was merely an intellectual poseur whose bad behavior as a clinician is the main thing that one needs to know about him. Needless to say, a philosophical study that avoids these extremes and that aims to gain some clarity about Lacan as a thinker would be as welcome as it would be desirable. Although it is not fully successful, Boothby does deserve credit for making Lacan more accessible and helping non-Lacanians to appreciate his philosophical contribution.
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Start your review of Freud as Philosopher: Metapsychology After Lacan Write a review Shelves: psychology-philosophy It is hard to describe this as an introductory text to the concepts of Freud and Lacan, or as its own exposition of new ideas, probably more of the former, but it serves both purposes equally well.
For the beginner like me, it was great to understand the philosophical underpinnings of Freud, gradually showing how Lacan elucidated certain controversial Freudian concepts and thus fully appreciating their impacts on subjectivity.
To do this, Boothby sticks to his strong background in phenomenology where Freud and Lacan-oustide of the introduction-are hardly even mentioned until about pages in. Definitely worth a read. Not according to this fella. Sep 06, Mike rated it it was amazing This is an excellent book. Boothby explains key Lacanian concepts with remarkable clarity and precision, and puts Lacan into the context of phenomenology and gestalt psychology, which turns out to be a highly effective way of shedding light on some of his ideas.
A basic knowledge of Freud or a willingness to fill in the gaps by looking things up is recommended. A patient reader will find parts of the book to contain one of the best philosophical introductions to Lacan. Apr 13, Kelly Jones rated it really liked it Love this book since it was written by my Professor at Loyola.
This different take is evident in his book. Feb 11, Michael rated it really liked it While I disagree with the reading of Freud that Boothby gives us, it is by far the best presentation of the Lacanian reading of Freud.
If taken not as an introduction to Freud as one would expect but as an introduction to Lacan, it is a truly great book.
Freud as Philosopher: Metapsychology After Lacan