Tagged: Subject

What creates the Identity of the Subject? A Dialog between Milinda and Nagasena.

It is hard to define what a subject really is. The following dialog from the Buddhist tradition shows that a materialist interpretation does not work. It is for instance not possible to find the identity of the subject in a  particular collection of elements, as the chariot example below shows. We face similar problems when we try to define what a “hole” is. The Milinda Panha, (or the  “Questions of Milinda”) is a Buddhist text from approximately 100 BCE. It is included in the Burmese edition of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism. Milinda, (or King Menander I ) discusses...

Interview with Jacques Lacan

Interview with Jacques Lacan, 1957 Published in L’Express in May 1957. Interviewer: A psychoanalyst is very intimidating. One has the feeling that he could manipulate you as he wishes, that he knows more than you about the motives of your actions. Dr. Lacan: Don’t exaggerate. Do you think that this effect is exclusive to the psycho-analyst? An economist, for many, is as mysterious as an analyst. In our time, it is the expert who intimidates. With psychology, even when seen as a science, everyone thought they had the insider’s track. Now, with psychoanalysis, we have the feeling of having lost...