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Jacques the SophistLacan, Logos, and Psychoanalysis$
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Barbara Cassin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823285754

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823285754.001.0001

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Doxography and Psychoanalysis, or Relegating Truth to the Lowly Status It Deserves

Doxography and Psychoanalysis, or Relegating Truth to the Lowly Status It Deserves

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(p.5) Chapter 1 Doxography and Psychoanalysis, or Relegating Truth to the Lowly Status It Deserves
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Jacques the Sophist
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Barbara Cassin

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823285754.003.0002

This chapter serves as an introduction to the history and methodology of “doxography” as the deeply problematic means by which Presocratic texts have been transmitted and passed down to us.It highlights the importance of Diogenes Laertius, as one of the most brilliant early doxographers, and the ground-breakingDoxographiGraeci of the nineteenth century German classical scholar and philologist, Herman Diels.Like the sophists, Lacan questions the primacy of truth in both philosophical and psychoanalytic discourse, which is “relegated to the lowly status it deserves.”

Keywords:   Herman Diels, Diogenes Laertius, doxography, fixion, matheme, opinion, truth

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