Kant on history and religion - With a translation of Kant's by Michel Despland

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Although his critical writings prior to the very late 1960s did not directly target Lacan or even the Lacanians, Guattari was, along with Oury, one of a number of institutional psychotherapists who urged Lacan to include a psychiatric internship as part of the training of analysts at his École Freudienne (Oury and Depussé 2003: 252–253). Guattari shared Oury’s frustrations with the way analysts were being trained, writing that “the training of therapists is at present conceived of from a strictly individual perspective, which hardly predisposes them toward a future of team work” (PT 62).

Neither of these texts specifically written for Lacan ever truly reached its intended destination, since Lacan showed no particular interest in them, and did not give Guattari the encouragement he seems to have expected. In his introduction to Psychanalyse et transversalité Deleuze declared the essays on the sign and on structure to be the most important in the collection (Deleuze 2004: 203/PT 11). As Polack puts it in regard to the second of these essays—but I think that this is true of the articles on transversality and the sign as well—in “Machine and Structure,” Guattari “conducts a devastating lawsuit against Lacan’s structuralist subject, with the intention of merely explicating Lacan’s own thinking” (Polack 2007: 133).

And personal existence” (CY 191–193). The subject group therefore bravely assumes its own nonsense, but in so doing, opens up the possibility of expressing its unconscious desire, of taking the risk of making its object of desire clear. In other words, the subject group acknowledges the above-mentioned indecipherable totemic object which was erected at the very spot where full, or true, speech becomes impossible. The gap occupied by the ineffable object is precisely where the group’s creativity could spring up, and therefore the nonsense of empty speech must be assumed by the group in order for it to produce effective statements.

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