Learn about Jacques Lacan and his theory, and earn 4 CE credits, by reading an article written by an expert on his work (Johnston, A., “Jacques Lacan”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy [Winter 2016 Edition], available through the Friends of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Society). Please contact our Director (email@example.com) if you would like help in accessing the article.
Jacques Lacan continues to be a provocative figure in psychoanalysis, particularly in the United States. His thinking continued to evolve throughout his prolific career, from his first publication in 1932 until his death in 1981, and his work is relevant to a growing body of research in neuroscience, language development, and concepts of self and identity. Lacan viewed himself as a defender of Sigmund Freud’s work and took issue with the ways in which Freud’s constructs were interpreted by others. Perhaps in part to prevent similar “misinterpretations” of his own work, he developed neologisms, symbols, and a writing style known for its complexity and elusiveness.
A Certificate of Completion follows reading the article and passing an online multiple choice test. Intermediate level. This course may be applied to the Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired. $49.
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Jacques Lacan is an important figure in the history of psychoanalysis and continues to be an influential force in many other fields as well, including philosophy, art, and literature. Sometimes referred to as the French Freud, Jacques Lacan saw himself as a fierce defender of Sigmund Freud’s work. He met with controversy throughout his life, as he took issue with the direction of Anglo-American psychoanalysis and with the ways in which Freud’s constructs were interpreted by others. Despite being ostracized at various times by much of the psychoanalytic community, he developed a strong interdisciplinary following of philosophers, artists, and literary scholars, and remained a prolific writer and lecturer throughout his 50-year career.
Jacques Lacan’s thinking continued to evolve throughout his life, from his first publication in 1932 until his death in 1981. His concepts and writings are infamous for their complexity and elusiveness. The foundation of this course is an article that presents an introductory overview of many of his basic concepts, as they evolved through his work.
The article is authored by Adrian Johnston, PhD. Dr. Johnston is a faculty member at the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute in Atlanta and Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. He has authored numerous publications, including a recent book, Irrepressible Truth: On Lacan’s “The Freudian Thing” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
The article was selected by Michael J. Gerson, PhD (Instructor). Dr. Gerson is a licensed psychologist, psychoanalyst, and marriage and family therapist. He is a professor emeritus in the Graduate School of Psychology at California Lutheran University and active clinician. He has been training other clinicians for over 30 years, both in his private practice, in community counseling centers, and in graduate programs. His own work with clients has been deepened by his knowledge of Lacan’s theory.
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This course consists of reading an article published about Jacques Lacan and his work. The article presents an overview of many of Lacan’s basic concepts. His ideas are known to be challenging, so enough time has been allotted to review the article more than once, so as to begin a mastery of the complex concepts. After reading the article, access an online multiple choice test on this site. As with all of our courses, the test may be taken an unlimited number of times until mastery (score of 75% or higher). A Certificate of Completion will immediately follow passage of the test.
The article is:
Johnston, A., “Jacques Lacan”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy [Winter 2016 Edition], available through the Friends of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Society). You may also contact our Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like help in accessing the article.
Intermediate level. This course may be applied to the Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired. 4 CE credits. $49.