Wittgenstein and Lacan at the Limit

Meaning and Astonishment

Authors: Balaska, Maria

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  • Brings Wittgenstein and Lacan together for the first time
  • Examines astonishment in relation to the difficulty of expression
  • Explores ones own involvement with meaning
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This book brings together the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Jacques Lacan around their treatments of ‘astonishment,’ an experience of being struck by something that appears to be extraordinarily significant. Both thinkers have a central interest in the dissatisfaction with meaning that these experiences generate when we attempt to articulate them, to bring language to bear on them. Maria Balaska argues that this frustration and difficulty with meaning reveals a more fundamental characteristic of our sense-making capacities –namely, their groundlessness. Instead of disappointment with language’s sense-making capacities, Balaska argues that Wittgenstein and Lacan can help us find in this revelation of meaning’s groundlessness an opportunity to acknowledge our own involvement in meaning, to creatively participate in it and thereby to enrich our forms of life with language.


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Maria Balaska is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire, UK.

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“Maria Balaska’s book suggests an original and surprising pairing of Wittgenstein and Lacan by way of their common concern with the experience of astonishment. Balaska’s rich, sensitive and historically informed analysis of this affective state, convincingly supports her argument for its pertinence to the understanding of the ethical point of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus. This insightful book offers a rewarding discussion of the evaluative dimension of language.” (Eli Friedlander, Laura Schwarz-Kipp Professor of Modern Philosophy, Tel Aviv University, Israel)

“This profound and beautiful book seeks out the general significance of the moments when our difficulty to make sense is a function of our difficulty to make sense of reality as such, and delves into our temptation to deflect each of them, whether through trivialization or sublimation. It charts the unexplored territory of the affinities between Wittgenstein and Lacan with unparalleled thoroughness, cogency, and clarity.” (Jean-Philippe Narboux, Associate Professor in Philosophy, Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France)

 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wittgenstein and Lacan at the Limit
Book Subtitle
Meaning and Astonishment
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-16939-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-16939-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-16938-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 171
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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