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Lacan, Heidegger, Science, Truth, aletheia, pain, causality, erracy


Continental Philosophy | French and Francophone Language and Literature | Mental Disorders | Other Psychiatry and Psychology | Philosophy | Psychiatry and Psychology


William J. Richardson’s, “Psychoanalytic Praxis and the Truth of Pain” critically reviews Lacan’s conception of science, truth, and language above all. For Lacan, speaking of the “subject of science,” it is as if the entire scientific enterprise – its history, its institutions and all the virulence of its burgeoning power – may be conceived as the function of a single hypostasized, egoless subject: the “correlate” of science as such, taken as a whole. Reading Lacan’s essay “Science and Truth,” Richardson offers a philosophical outline of the strengths of Lacan’s analysis along with its limitations, including a discussion of Heidegger's aletheia and Richardson's own exposition of errancy.

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Originally published in Babette Babich, ed., PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE, VAN GOGH'S EYES, AND GOD: Hermeneutic Essays in Honor of Patrick A. Heelan, S.J., (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001), pp. 333—344.