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The Trouble with Pleasure
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The Trouble with Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis

Aaron Schuster

Abstract

Is pleasure a rotten idea, mired in negativity and lack, which should be abandoned in favor of a new concept of desire? Or is desire itself fundamentally a matter of lack, absence, and loss? This is one of the crucial issues dividing the work of Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Lacan, two formidable figures of post-war French thought. Though the encounter with psychoanalysis deeply marked Deleuze’s work, we are yet to have a critical account of the very different postures he adopted toward psychoanalysis, and especially Lacanian theory, throughout his career. In this book Schuster tackles this tangl ... More

Keywords: Jacques Lacan, Sigmund Freud, Gilles Deleuze, Pleasure, Enjoyment, Desire, Drive, Psychoanalysis, Continental Philosophy, Philosophy of Psychopathology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262528597
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262528597.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Schuster, author