Philip Hill. Illustrated by David Leach.
Jacques Lacan is probably the most influential
psychoanalyst since Freud (of the roughly
20,000 psychoanalysts in the world, about half
are ‘Lacanians’) yet most people know nothing
about him. Lacan wrote with an obscure style
that casually refers to philosophy, linguistics,
biology, mathematics, etc.—and to make matters
worse, his ideas changed over the years. Lacan
For Beginners introduces the reader to Lacan’s
theories and their relation to clinical practice. The
book is designed around questions that clarify
Lacan’s ideas and is written with insight and
illustrated with examples from popular culture.