Écrits

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A collection of thirty-five theoretical texts written between 1936 and 1966. Écrits has been characterized as elitist by Jean-Claude Milner, but Slavoj Žižek claims that

In fact, Lacan’s seminars and ecrits relate like analysand’s and analyst’s speech in the treatment. In seminars, Lacan acts as analysand, he “freely associates,” improvises, jumps, addressing his public, which is thus put into the role of a kind of collective analyst. In comparison, his writings are more condensed, formulaic, and they throw at the reader unreadable ambiguous propositions which often appear like oracles, challenging the reader to start working on them, to translate them into clear theses and provide examples and logical demonstrations of them.[1]

Table of contents
  1. Overture to this Collection
  2. Seminar on the "The Purloined Letter"
  3. On My Antecedents
  4. Beyond the "Reality Principle"
  5. The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Function of the I Function, as Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience
  6. Aggressiveness in Psychoanalysis
  7. A Theoretical Introduction to the Functions of Psychoanalysis in Criminology
  8. Presentation on Psychical Causality
  9. Logical Time and the Assertion of Anticipated Certainty
  10. Presentation on Transference
  11. On the Subject Who Is Finally in Question
  12. The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis
  13. Variations on the Standard Treatment
  14. On a Purpose
  15. Introduction to Jean Hyppolite's Commentary on Freud's "Verneinung"
  16. Response to Jean Hyppolite's Commentary on Freud's "Verneinung"
  17. The Freudian Thing, or the Meaning of the Return to Freud in Psychoanalysis
  18. Psychoanalysis and it's Teaching
  19. The Situation of Psychoanalysis and the Training of Psychoanalysis in 1956
  20. The Instance of the Letter in the Unconscious, or Reason Since Freud
  21. On a Question Prior to Any Possible Treatment of Psychosis
  22. The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of Its Power
  23. Remarks on Daniel Lagache's Presentation: "Psychoanalysis and Personality Structure"
  24. The Signification of the Phallus
  25. In Memory of Ernst Jones: On His Theory of Symbolism
  26. On an Ex Post Facto Syllabary
  27. Guiding Remarks for a Convention on Female Sexuality
  28. The Youth of Gide, or the Letter and Desire
  29. Kant with Sade
  30. The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire in the Freudian Unconscious
  31. Position of the Unconscious
  32. On Freud's "Trieb" and Psychoanalyst's Desire
  33. Science and Truth



Classified Index of the Major Concepts
Commentary on the Graphs
Index of Freud's German Terms
Index of Proper Names