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Schreber's LawJurisprudence and Judgment in Transition$
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Peter Goodrich

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474426565

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474426565.001.0001

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Silencing Schreber: Freud, Lacan, Rejection and Foreclosure

Silencing Schreber: Freud, Lacan, Rejection and Foreclosure

(p.32) 2 Silencing Schreber: Freud, Lacan, Rejection and Foreclosure
Schreber's Law

Peter Goodrich

Edinburgh University Press

Freud came upon a copy of Memoirs of My Nervous Illness and proceeded to diagnose the Judge as suffering from dementiaparanoides, occasioned by homosexual ideation. That diagnosis now seems rather more mad than the Judge’s condition and yet for Lacan and his followers, the rubric under which Schreber’s text is studies is invariantly that of psychosis. This chapter argues that the foreclosure that Schreber suffered from the most has been that of his analysts who refuse to admit that there is more madness in their diagnoses than there is in Schreber’s desire.

Keywords:   Transitional desire, Foreclosure, Psychosis, Freud, Lacan

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