Subjectivity in-between times : an exploration of the notion of time in Jacques Lacan's work

Wang, Chenyang (2018) Subjectivity in-between times : an exploration of the notion of time in Jacques Lacan's work. Doctoral thesis, Birkbeck, University of London.

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Abstract

Although time has been seriously contemplated by various philosophies of the Western tradition, it remains an underdeveloped topic in Lacanian studies. This thesis attempts to provide a comprehensive elaboration of the notion of time in Jacques Lacan’s work and to develop an argument to show how it contributes to our understanding of subjectivity. By working through various presentations of time in Lacan’s writings, this thesis puts forward the idea of dual temporality and demonstrates how it supports Lacan’s overall theoretical position. Chapter one introduces the idea of dual temporality through a critical examination of Lacan’s “Logical Time” essay. It is shown that Lacan’s “perfect solution” to the prisoner’s dilemma is logically flawed. It constructs an imaginary temporal experience that covers the unresolved tension between two temporal registers, which I name Real time and Symbolic time respectively. The two independent temporal registers are further explored in the context of the Real body and the Symbolic order. Chapter Four discusses how the fundamental desynchrony between these two temporal registers initiates the process of subject-formation, which is symptomatic in its essence. Chapter five develops a new epistemology of sexed subjectivity built upon a fresh reading of the relationship between time and sexual difference. Whereas others have thought that time is an intrinsic human experience, the result of my work is to show that, on the contrary, time in Lacan’s work is characterised by otherness and alterity, experienced by the subject as foreign and alienating. It is argued that the very split nature of the Lacanian subject shall be understood through time that is split in itself.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
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School/Department: School of Social Sciences, History & Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
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Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2018 17:35
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2018 10:26
URI: http://bbktheses.da.ulcc.ac.uk/id/eprint/351

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