Tagged: Michel de Certeau

Michel de Certeau: Lacan – An Ethics of Speech (1983)

The Jesuit priest Michel de Certeau was a collaborator of Lacan and a director of one of the Lacanian Schools. He is also an anthropologist; in the following essay, he provides a perspective on Lacanian theory as an intimate outsider to the Lacanian movement. The following essay is quoted from the journal “Representations, No. 3 (Summer, 1983), pp. 21-39. Published by: University of California Press.”  It can also be found in [easyazon_link identifier=”0816614040″ locale=”US” tag=”mainacademicsite-20″]Heterologies: Discourse on the Other[/easyazon_link], 1986 by Michel De Certeau (Author), B. Massumi (Translator). Chapter 4, p. 47ff. (Numbers throughout the text refer to the footnotes at...

Michel de Certeau: To the ordinary man.

Michel de Certeau’s original version of his book “The Practice of Everyday Life” (1984) has a “for-forword” that dedicates it to the “ordinary man.” This ordinary man is the remnant of humanity in an age that moves from the name to the number, from titles to bar codes. We can fill in the blanks: refugees, prisoners, stateless people, migrants, slum-dwellers, people who live in some kind of no-mans-land, or simply the crowds in public spaces. In Certeau’s view, what is left of humanity is an impossible object of desire, the longing for a subject of history, or for a meaningful...

Michel de Certeau

Michel de Certeau (1925-1986) was a Jesuit, an anthropologist, and he was involved with Lacan’s psychoanalytic movement. He writes about mysticism, the practice of everyday life, and the forces that unify people into groups, and that also separate them. What are the models of action for people who are dominated in various ways, for instance as consumers in capitalist societies? His ideas are very similar to Lacan’s, but translated into the domain of anthropology. His Life the Jesuit website www.jesuites.com has an excellent biography of Certeau, written by his friend and colleague Luce Giard. (written on February 5, 2006). Here...