Discourses of the Other

by Louis Armand
ISBN 80-246-1024-8 (paperback). 124pp.
Published: 2005/6
Publisher: Karolinum/Charles University Press

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The question of signifying materiality remains an overwhelming problem in contemporary discussions of discourse and textuality. Focusing upon the work of key twentieth century thinkers, including Jacques Lacan, Martin Heidegger and Jacques Derrida, Incendiary Devices opens up new critical horizons in the dialogue between psychoanalysis, ontology and textual theory, and offers a framework for re-evaluating the status of "structure" as the basic paradigm for understanding subjectivity, meaning and the technics of literacy.

"Armand's critique of Lacan provides a post-Heideggerean thesis that remains alert to important limitations in Heidegger's thinking, limitations that have been exposed with great subtlety by Derrida … Unlike Lacoue-Labarthe and Nancy, who in their ground-breaking The Title of the Letter had concluded in the early seventies that Lacan's concepts could not make sense in a Heideggerean perspective, Armand shows that they do."
--Jean-Michel Rabaté, author of Jacques Lacan (Palgrave).


Louis Armand is director of the InterCultural Studies programme in the Philosophy Faculty of Charles University, Prague. His books include Solicitations: Essays on Criticism & Culture; Techne: James Joyce, Hypertext & Technology; and Incendiary Devices: Discourses of the Other.

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