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Presented in two four-hour sections, this audiobook presents theorist Lacan to beginners. Diedre Rubenstein narrates in a sharp, clear voice, reminiscent of a favorite college professor, the one who could keep you on the edge of your chair on a Monday morning.

Often misunderstood, Lacan remains one of the more difficult theorists for people to understand. But rather than read his primary texts, many of which focus on reevaluating the work of Freud, why not listen to Lionel Bailly's accessible interpretation of Lacan's work? This audio is perfect for those without formal training in psychoanalysis, but who wish to get a sense of Lacan's complex and brilliant work.

Publisher's Summary

Jacques Lacan was one of the most important psychoanalysts ever to have lived. Building upon the work of Sigmund Freud, he sought to refine Freudian insights with the use of linguistics and mathematics, arguing that "the structure of unconscious is like a language." He is widely misunderstood and often unfairly dismissed as impenetrable. In this clear, wide-ranging primer, Lionel Bailly demonstrates how Lacan’s ideas are still vitally relevant to contemporary issues of mental health treatment. Including coverage of developments in Lacanian psychoanalysis since his death, this is the perfect introduction to the great modern theorist.

©2009 Lionel Bailly (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Great foundation for understanding Lacan

Great for anyone on the cusp of getting into / starting to get a grip of Lacan’s theories. Enjoyed from start to finish.

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  • Respondebat Illo
  • 11-11-2018

Very niche but very good

This is a beautiful purchase for anyone looking for an entry point into Lacan. Highly recommended. #Mindbending #Psychoanalysis #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • Flow Flow
  • 25-10-2018

interesting and useful

very interesting and useful intro to Lacan. Recommended to those taking Anthropology and psychoanalysis .

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  • G. Benett
  • 12-09-2018

Strong introduction to the ineffable

Lacan's brilliance and obtuseness come through in this enjoyable tour of his major innovations. I appreciated the book's framing of Lacanian psychoanalysis as intentionally controversial. The reading is probably as good as it could be, despite the occasional pain of hearing Lacan's mathemes - algebraic notations for linguistic structures - fully articulated. Highly recommended for newcomers to this relevant, fertile body of thought.

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  • Ryan Smallwood
  • 15-09-2016

Great Introduction to Difficult Thinker

Lacan is one of the most intimidating intellectual thinkers, this introduction made his ideas very clear and accessible.

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  • Morgan
  • 22-04-2021

Sharp. Succinct. Demystifying.

I developed extracurricular interest in Lacan when I was in college (Lacan was not on the menu there). I was a social anthropology major with a keen interest in the application of ego psychology and related concepts of self-construction to research. And Lacan’s notion of the subject as fiction fascinated me to death. But I couldn’t crack Lacan’s writing. I gleaned what I could from loads of commentary that was all far too advanced for me. And finally gave up after attaining little more than inkling of understanding. Well! I just stumbled into and read the ‘Bolinda Beginner’s Guide to Lacan’ - this is fifteen years later. And now I’m glad that I hung onto my bookshelf of challenging commentary because Lionel Bailly has given me new hope for getting a better grip on that illusory deeper understanding. This book is the perfect entry point to Lacanian analysis for the true beginner. Hint for success: Ignore the mathematical representations if they put you off at all. I don’t believe they’re necessary to basic understanding.

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  • Clemens Bauer
  • 01-04-2021

Great and clear intro to Lacanian theory

I have learned a lot with this very clear and well walkthrough on Lacan and his theory!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-03-2021

If Lacanian thought interests you, read this book

A concise, and theoretically thorough entry point to Lacanian thought, with very little clutter. Recommended.

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  • Nicholas
  • 04-03-2021

Very good overview of Lacan’s work

This book is a great introduction to Lacan and his theory. Lacan is an especially complicated thinker and this book is a help guide to his theory. The focus of this book is his contributions clinical psychoanalysis and focus less on his contributions to philosophy.

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  • Amazoncustomer
  • 08-12-2020

Useful to understand the obscurantism of Lacan

This book has truly helped me to make a bit of sense of the obscure "philosophy" of Lacan. Throughout the content of the book Bailly manages to be relatively impartial and highlights the limits of the Lacanian concepts, the historical background, and most of all he manages to elucidate Lacan's work... as much as possible. This book has been more helpful for me, as a post graduate psychology student in France, than the courses thought as part of my studies by the professors (all Lacanian psychoanalysts). Nevertheless, if I did not have to read Lacan's work for my exams, I would not contemplate reading/listening to this book, due to what I find to be a very limited contribution of Lacan (if any) to psychology in general and psychotherapy in particular.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-2020

Lacan, challenging but rewarding

way more than what I bargained for, I've listened to the lecture series twice it's difficult to get at first but really fleshes out a lot of what's going on

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  • Selina
  • 01-07-2020

Easy to follow

Constant flow of aha moments, useful way to understand the concepts and the biography, history too

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