Doing Time: A Sideways Glance at the Pauses and Hesitations in Jacques Lacan’s Essay on Logical Time

Alexander Williams


Throughout his career, Lacan struggles to present a coherent thesis of time and its place in psychoanalytic theory and practice. Partly this is because he wishes to remain faithful to Freud’s theory that the unconscious knows no time. The antagonism that results from this struggle means that any reference to time in Lacan’s oeuvre is both clouded by ambiguity and brief. By concentrating on Lacan’s notion of the pause, as presented in his 1945 essay on Logical Time, I aim to solve this antagonism and thus allow a Lacanian thesis of time to blossom fully.


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