The Political in Freudian Discourse

By Joel Birman

This essay aims to underline the existence of the problematic of the political in Freudian discourse, which permeates it as a theoretical invariant. It criticizes the silencing of this problematic by the archive instituted within the Post-Freudian psychoanalytical tradition. To reestablish its importance, other lines of force and lines of convergence had to be restored in the Freudian archive, so as to make the dialogue that it establishes with the tradition of political philosophy more explicit, in order then to amplify the registers of the social bond, of the social contract, and of power, in their relations with the unconscious, the drive, and transference.


  • power
  • social bond
  • drive
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