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Le séminaire, Livre I: Les écrits techniques de Freud
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Le séminaire, Livre I: Les écrits techniques de [[Freud]]
French: (texte établi par Jacques-Alain Miller), Paris: Seuil, 1975.
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[[French]]: (texte établi par Jacques-[[Alain]] [[Miller]]), [[Paris]]: Seuil, 1975.
English: Book I: Freud's Papers on Technique (edited by Jacques-Alain Miller), New York: Norton, 1988.
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[[English]]: Book I: Freud's Papers on [[Technique]] (edited by [[Jacques-Alain Miller]]), New York: Norton, 1988.
  
The first seminar, open to the public, takes place at Sainte-Anne Hospital just after the creation of the S.F.P (Société Française de Psychanalyse). Lacan cuts in the study of Freud by dint of his theory on the imaginary, the symbolic and the real. The focal point of the discussion is the direction of the cure. Participants are allowed to make presentations, comments and objections. Through the case histories of Freud, Klein, Kris and Balint, the debate elucidates on the convergence of psychoanalysis, philosophy, theology, linguistics and game theory. In keeping with this heterogeneous approach, Lacan will further appeal to the science of optics to systematize his analyses of the specular relation. After his schema of the inverted bouquet the mirror stage becomes part of the topography of the Imaginary. As to the méconnaissance that characterizes the ego, it is associated with Verneinung (dénégation): "...everyday speech runs against failure of recognition, méconnaissance, which is the source of Verneinung." He closes the seminar pondering on the role of the analyst: "...if the subject commits himself to searching after truth as such, it is because he places himself in the dimension of ignorance, what analysts call readiness to the transference. The analyst's ignorance is also worth of consideration. He doesn't have to guide the subject to knowledge, but on to the paths by which access to this knowledge is gained. Psychoanalysis is a dialectics, an art of conversation."
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The first [[seminar]], open to the [[public]], takes [[place]] at [[Sainte-Anne]] Hospital just after the creation of the [[S.F.P]] (Société Française de [[Psychanalyse]]). [[Lacan]] cuts in the study of Freud by dint of his [[theory]] on the [[imaginary]], the [[symbolic]] and the [[real]]. The focal point of the [[discussion]] is the direction of the [[cure]]. Participants are allowed to make presentations, comments and objections. Through the [[case]] histories of Freud, [[Klein]], [[Kris]] and [[Balint]], the debate elucidates on the convergence of [[psychoanalysis]], [[philosophy]], [[theology]], [[linguistics]] and [[game]] theory. In keeping with this heterogeneous approach, Lacan will further appeal to the [[science]] of [[optics]] to systematize his [[analyses]] of the [[specular]] relation. After his [[schema]] of the [[inverted bouquet]] the [[mirror]] [[stage]] becomes part of the [[topography]] of [[the Imaginary]]. As to the mé[[connaissance]] that characterizes the ego, it is associated with [[Verneinung]] (dé[[négation]]): "...everyday [[speech]] runs against failure of [[recognition]], [[méconnaissance]], which is the source of Verneinung." He closes the seminar pondering on the [[role]] of the [[analyst]]: "...if the [[subject]] commits himself to searching after [[truth]] as such, it is because he places himself in the [[dimension]] of [[ignorance]], what [[analysts]] call readiness to the [[transference]]. The analyst's ignorance is also worth of consideration. He doesn't have to [[guide]] the subject to [[knowledge]], but on to the paths by which access to this knowledge is gained. Psychoanalysis is a dialectics, an art of conversation."
In a spoken intervention (Appendix), Jean Hyppolite comments on Freud's Verneinung and suggests its translation as dénégation instead of négation. The question here deals with how the return of the repressed operates. According to Freud the repressed is intellectually accepted by the subject, since it is named, and at the same time is negated because the subject refuses to recognize it as his, refuses to recognize him in it. Dénégation includes an assertion whose status is difficult to define. The frontier between neurosis and psychosis is drawn here, between repression, Verdrägung, and repudiation, Verwerfung, a term that Lacan will replace by withdrawal, and finally by "foreclosure" (forclusion), the former being related to neurosis, the latter to psychosis.
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In a spoken [[intervention]] (Appendix), [[Jean Hyppolite]] comments on Freud's Verneinung and suggests its [[translation]] as [[dénégation]] instead of négation. The question here deals with how the [[return]] of the [[repressed]] operates. According to Freud the repressed is intellectually accepted by the subject, since it is named, and at the same [[time]] is negated because the subject refuses to recognize it as his, refuses to recognize him in it. Dénégation includes an assertion whose status is difficult to define. The frontier between [[neurosis]] and [[psychosis]] is drawn here, between [[repression]], Verdrägung, and [[repudiation]], [[Verwerfung]], a term that Lacan will replace by [[withdrawal]], and finally by "[[foreclosure]]" ([[forclusion]]), the former [[being]] related to neurosis, the latter to psychosis.
When answering Hyppolite in La Psychanalyse that same year, Lacan establishes two poles of analytic experience: the imaginary ego and the symbolic speech. Lacan gives precedence to the Symbolic over the Imaginary. The subject who must come to be is "the subject of the unconscious" and "the unconscious is the discourse of the Other." In analysis, he says, "the subject first talks about himself without talking to you, then he talks to you without talking about himself. When he is able to talk to you about himself, the analysis is over."
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When answering Hyppolite in [[La Psychanalyse]] that same year, Lacan establishes two poles of [[analytic]] [[experience]]: [[the imaginary]] ego and [[the symbolic]] speech. Lacan gives precedence to [[the Symbolic]] over the Imaginary. The subject who must come to be is "the subject of the [[unconscious]]" and "the unconscious is the [[discourse]] of the [[Other]]." In [[analysis]], he says, "the subject first talks [[about]] himself without talking to you, then he talks to you without talking about himself. When he is able to talk to you about himself, the analysis is over."
To this reshaping of the Imaginary by the Symbolic, he opposes the intersection of the Symbolic and the Real without mediation of the Imaginary, which would be the characteristic of psychosis.
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To this reshaping of the Imaginary by the Symbolic, he opposes the intersection of the Symbolic and [[the Real]] without mediation of the Imaginary, which would be the characteristic of psychosis.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 03:00, 24 May 2019

1953-1954 Le séminaire, Livre I: Les écrits techniques de Freud French: (texte établi par Jacques-Alain Miller), Paris: Seuil, 1975. English: Book I: Freud's Papers on Technique (edited by Jacques-Alain Miller), New York: Norton, 1988.

The first seminar, open to the public, takes place at Sainte-Anne Hospital just after the creation of the S.F.P (Société Française de Psychanalyse). Lacan cuts in the study of Freud by dint of his theory on the imaginary, the symbolic and the real. The focal point of the discussion is the direction of the cure. Participants are allowed to make presentations, comments and objections. Through the case histories of Freud, Klein, Kris and Balint, the debate elucidates on the convergence of psychoanalysis, philosophy, theology, linguistics and game theory. In keeping with this heterogeneous approach, Lacan will further appeal to the science of optics to systematize his analyses of the specular relation. After his schema of the inverted bouquet the mirror stage becomes part of the topography of the Imaginary. As to the méconnaissance that characterizes the ego, it is associated with Verneinung (dénégation): "...everyday speech runs against failure of recognition, méconnaissance, which is the source of Verneinung." He closes the seminar pondering on the role of the analyst: "...if the subject commits himself to searching after truth as such, it is because he places himself in the dimension of ignorance, what analysts call readiness to the transference. The analyst's ignorance is also worth of consideration. He doesn't have to guide the subject to knowledge, but on to the paths by which access to this knowledge is gained. Psychoanalysis is a dialectics, an art of conversation." In a spoken intervention (Appendix), Jean Hyppolite comments on Freud's Verneinung and suggests its translation as dénégation instead of négation. The question here deals with how the return of the repressed operates. According to Freud the repressed is intellectually accepted by the subject, since it is named, and at the same time is negated because the subject refuses to recognize it as his, refuses to recognize him in it. Dénégation includes an assertion whose status is difficult to define. The frontier between neurosis and psychosis is drawn here, between repression, Verdrägung, and repudiation, Verwerfung, a term that Lacan will replace by withdrawal, and finally by "foreclosure" (forclusion), the former being related to neurosis, the latter to psychosis. When answering Hyppolite in La Psychanalyse that same year, Lacan establishes two poles of analytic experience: the imaginary ego and the symbolic speech. Lacan gives precedence to the Symbolic over the Imaginary. The subject who must come to be is "the subject of the unconscious" and "the unconscious is the discourse of the Other." In analysis, he says, "the subject first talks about himself without talking to you, then he talks to you without talking about himself. When he is able to talk to you about himself, the analysis is over." To this reshaping of the Imaginary by the Symbolic, he opposes the intersection of the Symbolic and the Real without mediation of the Imaginary, which would be the characteristic of psychosis.