An Introductory Guide to Post-Structuralism and Postmodernism by Madan Sarup brings thinkers including Freud, Lacan but also philosophers such as Derrida, Foucault, Nietzsche and Hegel in a debate around the question of what it means to be a human subject. Sarup’s introduction helps therapists, analysts, students or passionate in psychoanalysis and philosophy to situate the work of Lacan in particular in relation to the diverse philosophical trends that were emerging at the time, that is, in the middle of the 20th century in France.

In this fascinating and most concise account Sarup retraces the paths and articulations between existentialism – which regarded the subject as ‘only’ a conscious and a responsible being who, following Descartes, thought rationally and therefore was unable to conceive of a self whose choices could be dictated by any other force than freedom, phenomenology which was the new philosophy born in Germany and which made ontology its study (still articulated with the subject at its centre), and finaly Post-modernism as a blend of structuralism and Post-structuralism. As its name indicates post-structuralism brings in the notion of structure that one finds in society, but also to begin with that which is at the centre of language.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 2 edition (1 Mar. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780745013602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745013602

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