The Ethics of Lacanian Psychoanalysis observes different aspects of life – childhood, romantic love, sex, death, and human suffering – through a Lacanian lens, with a glance toward a Buddhist point of view.

Combining Lacanian psychoanalysis with insight from Freud, Bion, and the Zen masters, this book suggests finding ways to suffer less and cultivate a passion for life. Yehuda Israely and Esther Pelled consider the ethics in the light of which people live, and the questions pertinent to this choice. What kind of person do you want to be? What desire will you choose your life to be led by? How will you deal with separations, relationships, and cravings that you cannot control? This book raises these questions and proposes possible answers through an accessible, conversational format.

The Ethics of Lacanian Psychoanalysis will be of interest to psychoanalysts in practice and in training as well as readers looking to learn more about applying Lacanian ideas to everyday life.

chapter Chapter 1|11 pages

The Human Condition – and in Light of It

Psychoanalysis as Ethics

chapter Chapter 2|7 pages

The Simple Pleasure of the Body

chapter Chapter 3|4 pages

On Pleasure and Restraint

chapter Chapter 4|7 pages

The Ethics of Renunciation

chapter Chapter 5|6 pages

The Subject, the Other, and the Object Between Them

chapter Chapter 6|9 pages


chapter Chapter 7|8 pages

Being Important or Rejected

chapter Chapter 8|11 pages

Orphanhood and Theology

chapter Chapter 9|8 pages

Real, Imaginary, and Symbolic

chapter Chapter 10|11 pages

A Hike on the Mountain

chapter Chapter 11|16 pages

On Anxiety

chapter Chapter 12|9 pages

More About Jouissance, and a Little About Depression

chapter Chapter 13|11 pages

Different Reasons for Depression

chapter Chapter 14|8 pages

Buddhist Ethics and Relativistic Ethics Meet

Before Parting

chapter Chapter 15|10 pages

At Last – Love

chapter Chapter 16|8 pages

And Finally