The Other without Other : Sunday 19th May 2013: in Athens : Jacques-Alain Miller

by Julia Evans on May 19, 2013

Presentation of the theme of the next Congress of the NLS to take place in Ghent (May 2014), given in the closing address to the 11th Congress of the NLS, “The Psychotic Subject in the Geek Era”, Athens, 19th May 2013

This text will be published in the next issue of Mental (in French) and in the forthcoming issue of Hurly-Burly (in English) Now published in Mental 30 and Hurly-Burly 10.

It was circulated on the New Lacanian School’s web-site : ‘nls-messager’: number 806.en : XIIth NLS Congress: Jacques-Alain Miller’s presentation in Athens : on 10th October 2013 : download here or here

References to texts by Jacques Lacan

“The Seminar on ‘The Purloined Letter’” : 26th April 1955 :  Écrits  [Availability given Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here]  This presentation was given on 26th April 1955. It was written up (and dated as having been completed in Guitrancourt and San Casciano) between mid-May and mid-August 1956. It was published in ‘La psychanalyse II ‘ (1957) : p1-44

Rome Report : Also known as ‘The function and field of speech in psychoanalysis’ :  September 1953 : Écrits : Availability given  Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here

“A Question Prior to Any Possible Treatment of Psychosis” : December 1955 to January 1956 : : Écrits : Availability given On a question preliminary to any possible treatment of psychosis : 1955-1956 : two most important parts of Seminar III : Jacques Lacan or here

Seminar III: The Psychoses  : Availability given Seminar III: The Psychoses: 1955-1956: from 16th November 1955: Jacques Lacan or here

Seminar IV, The relation to the object : 1956 – 1957 : unavailable in translation to English

Seminar V:  The formations of the unconscious – 1957-1958 : English translation, from tapes, by Cormac Gallagher published at, available here

The Direction of the Treatment: Écrits : availability given here: The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of its Power:10th-13th July 1958 : Jacques Lacan  or here

Seminar VI: Desire and its interpretation : Availability given here Seminar VI: Desire and its interpretation: 1958-1959 : from 12th November 1958 : Jacques Lacan or here

The non-existent seminar: The Names of the Father. Availability given here : Introduction to the Names-of-the-Father Seminar : 20th November 1963: Jacques Lacan or here

Seminar XI: The Four Fundamental Concepts: 1963-1964 : beginning 15th January 1964 : Jacques Lacan : Availability given here

Le Séminaire XIII, Le Sinthome, Paris: Seuil, 2005, p. 137  : Availability in English given Seminar XXIII: The Sinthome or Joyce and the Sinthome: 1975-1976: beginning on November 18th 1975 : Jacques Lacan or here

Seminar XVI, D’un Autre à l’Autre  : Availability in English translation from tapes by Cormac Gallagher, From an Other to the other – 1968-1969 : published at : here

Some of the references & footnotes in the English translation:

Seminar VI : 8th April 1959 : p206 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation :

This is the great secret: there is no Other of the Other. In other words for the subject of traditional philosophy, this subject subjectivises himself indefinitely. If I am in everything I think, I am in so far as I think that I am, and so on, this has no reason to stop. The truth is that analysis teaches us something quite different. The fact is that it has already been glimpsed that it is not so sure that I am in so far as I think, and that one can only be sure of one thing, which is that I am in so far as I think that I am. Certainly that. Only what analysis teaches us is that I am not the one who precisely is in the process of thinking that I am, for the simple reason that because of the fact that I think that I am, I think in the locus of the Other; I am different to the one who thinks that I am.

But the question is that I have no guarantee of any kind that this Other, through what there is in his system, can give me if I may express myself in this way, what I gave him: his being and his essence as truth. There is no, I have told you, Other of the Other. There is not in the Other, any signifier which is able on this occasion to answer for what I am. And to say things in a transformed way, this hopeless truth that I spoke to you about a while ago, this truth which is the one that we encounter at the level of the unconscious, is a faceless truth, is a closed truth, is a truth which can be bent in every direction. We only know it too well. It is a truthless truth.

Footnote 2: Seminar VI : 8th April 1959 : p206 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation :

The signifier which is lacking at the level of the Other, and which gives its most radical value to this S( , is the following which is as I might say the great secret of psychoanalysis, that through which psychoanalysis contributes something, through which the subject who speaks, in so far as the experience of analysis reveals him to us as necessarily structured in a certain fashion is distinguished from the usual subject, from the subject to which a philosophical evolution which after all may well appear to us in a certain point of view of fruitful delusion, but of delusion in retrospect.

Footnote 13 (Note, the phrase ‘forsaken horizons of being’ has not been found): Seminar VI : 12th November 1958 : p11 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation (there is a further reference to horizons of being on p12 :

It is between the avatars of his demand and what these avatars have made him become, and on the other hand this exigency for recognition by the other which can be called exigency for love on this occasion, that there is situated a horizon of being for the subject of whom there is question, namely of knowing whether the subject can reach it or not. It is in this interval, in this gap that there is situated an experience which is that of desire, which is first of all apprehended as being that of the desire of the other, and within which the subject has to situate his own desire. His own desire as such cannot be situated elsewhere than in this space.

Other references

Analysis of a single dream : 1937 : Ella Sharpe : Available here

The Interpretation of Dreams: 1st November 1899 (published as 1900): Sigmund Freud  or here

Seminar VI: Desire and its interpretation: 1958-1959 : from 12th November 1958 : Jacques Lacan or here

Posts for the “Lacan Jacques” category : Available here

Posts for the “B. Seminar VI : towards NLS in Ghent, 2014” category : Available here

Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here