Lacan and the philosophical soul

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By closely reading Lacan's references to the way philosophers (primarily Kant and Aristotle) use the notion of the "soul," this paper suggests that the soul represents whatever in the body is unattainable to thought. The paper aims to reveal the philosophical moment in which a soul distinguishes itself from both mind and body and to show that this moment, in which a soul is summoned by philosophers, is needed in order to overcome the fundamental alienation of the body with regard to thought. Lacan's way of addressing the soul along these lines suggests why having a soul carries ethical implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-632
Number of pages14
JournalPhilosophy Today
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2017


  • Ethics of lacanian psychoanalysis
  • Mind-body
  • Soul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy


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