Isabelle Letellier, porträtt. Foto: Niklas Björling.

Isabelle Letellier


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Works at Department of Child and Youth Studies
Telephone 08-120 763 16
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 21A
Room 327
Postal address Barn- och ungdomsvetenskapliga institutionen 106 91 Stockholm


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2016. Isabelle Letellier. Revue roumaine de philosophie 60 (1), 39-53

    When reading Lacan's text on Merleau-Ponty from 1961, commentators generally conclude that Lacan's critique makes clear the abyss that separates the two thinkers, which is fully supported by Lacan's absence of retractation. However, if one reads this text together with Merleau-Ponty's work, one can't but notice that Lacan's critique actually displays a qui pro quo on the notion of the signifier and its relation to the real. Lacan's reading of Le Visible et 1 'invisible in 1964 contrasts with this first critique in that it expresses a shift that affects his understanding of the relation between the signifier and the real. This results in a new elaboration of the concept of repetition that relies on the idea that the unconscious works as a gap (beance). Through this shift, Lacan steps away from structuralism and gets closer to Merleau-Ponty. This double move away from Levi-Strauss and towards Merleau-Ponty allows Lacan to get back to the investigation of the dynamic of structure, which goes along with a new reading of the Freudian notion of Spaltung.

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Last updated: June 3, 2019

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