Space and spatiality play a pivotal role in Michel Foucault's thinking that is also marked by a continuous ambivalence towards psychoanalysis. Both topics have their roots in his earliest and still not very well known writings. By examining those early texts aimed at the nascent structural psychoanalysis of Jacques Lacan, the author demonstrates that Foucault's philosophical preference for space is deeply entangled with his ambiguous relationship to psychoanalysis. Going beyond such reevaluation of Foucault's early works, the paper finally shows how this positioning influenced the later developments of his philosophy.
Keywords: dream interpretation, discourse, imagination, power, psychoanalysis, space, Foucault, Lacan
How to Cite: Erb, Maurice. "Räume der Existenz / Buchstaben des Begehrens: Foucault, Lacan und das Subjekt des Diskurses." Le foucaldien 3, no. 1 (2017): 1–16. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16995/lefou.24 [Note: In 2022, Le foucaldien relaunched as Genealogy+Critique.]