Seminar II: The Ego in Freud’s Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis: 1954-1955: begins 17th November 1954 : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on November 17, 1954

Translated to English:

a)  Symbol and Imaginary (Seminar II: session 22nd June 1955: part 4)

Translated by Stuart Schneiderman

p206-209 of Marshall Blonsky (editor):

Title: On signs

Published: Baltimore MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985

This is p304-308 of Tomaselli translation, see below, Ch XXIII, 22nd June 1955,

Or p350-354 of the French 1978 Edition

Available here

b) ‘The seminar of Jacques Lacan Book II: The Ego in Freud’s theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis: 1954-1955’

Translated Sylvana Tomaselli

With notes by John Forrester

Edited by Jacques-Alain Miller

Published and date:  Cambridge University Press, 1988

Available here

French publication:

Le Séminaire, Livre II, Le moi dans la théorie de Freud et dans la technique de la psychanalyse:

Texte establi par Jacques-Alain Miller,

Paris: du Seuil, 1978

Contents of Seminar II (page numbers refer to Seminar II):

INTRODUCTION

17th November 1954 : Psychology and metapsychology : Chapter I

Sub-heading: Truth and knowledge, The dentist’s cogito, The I is not the ego, the subject is not the individual, The crisis of 1920

The Interpretation of Dreams: 1st November 1899 (published as 1900): Sigmund Freud  or here : See p12

24th November 1954 : Knowledge, truth, opinion : Chapter II

Sub-headings: Psychoanalysis and its concepts, A truth which cannot be grasped by bounded knowledge, Form and symbol, Pericles, psychoanalyst, The year’s programme

The Project for a Scientific Psychology: 23rd & 25th September & 5th October 1895: Sigmund Freud or here : on p21

The Interpretation of Dreams: 1st November 1899 (published as 1900): Sigmund Freud  or here : See p21 : Part VII – The Psychology of Dream Processes

BEYOND THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE, REPETITION

1st December 1954: The symbolic universe : Chapter III

Subheadings: Dialogues concerning Lévi-Strauss, Life and the machine, God, nature and the symbol, The natural imaginary, Freudian dualism

8th December 1954 : A materialist definition of the phenomenon of consciousness : Chapter IV

Subheadings : Experience and destiny, ‘The core of our being’, The ego is an object, Fascination, rivalry, recognition

The Project for a Scientific Psychology: 23rd & 25th September & 5th October 1895: Sigmund Freud or here : See p45

NOTES

P43 Quote : Speech is mother to the misrecognised [méconnue] part of the subject. and that is the level peculiar to the analytic symptom – a level decentred in relation to individual experience, since it is that of the historical text which integrates it. From then on, what is certain is that the symptom will only give in to an intervention interceding at this decentred level. What will fail is any intervention inspired by a prefabricated reconstruction, one forged out of our notion of the normal development of the individual, and aiming at his normalisation – here is what he was lacking, here is what he must learn to submit to by way of frustration, for instance. What is at issue is knowing if the symptom is resolved in one register or in the other, there is no middle way.

Circulated on 14th February 2017 : From the Newsletter of the 4th European Congress of Psychoanalysis : Pipol 8 : The Outside-the-norm clinic : July 2017 Brussels as Notion of Normal Development.

15th December 1954 : Homeostasis and insistence : Chapter V

Subheadings: Idolatry, Self-counting of the subject, heterotopia of consciousness, The analysis of the ego isn’t the analysis of the unconscious inside out

The Project for a Scientific Psychology: 23rd & 25th September & 5th October 1895: Sigmund Freud or here : See p57

12th January 1955 : Freud, Hegel and the machine : Chapter VI

Subheadings: The death instinct, Freud’s rationalism, The Master’s alienation, Psychoanalysis is not a humanism, Freud and energy

The Project for a Scientific Psychology: 23rd & 25th September & 5th October 1895: Sigmund Freud or here : See p64 & p76

The Interpretation of Dreams: 1st November 1899 (published as 1900): Sigmund Freud  or here : See p76

NOTES

P71 Quote : I think that according to Hegel, everything is always there, all of history is always actually present, vertically so. Otherwise, it would be a childish tale. And the thing with absolute knowledge, which indeed is here, ever since the first Neanderthal idiots, is that discourse closes in on itself, whether or not it is in complete disagreement with itself, whether or not everything which can be expressed in the discourse is coherent and justified.

19th January 1955 : The circuit : Chapter VII

Maurice Merleau-Ponty and understanding, Conservation, entropy, information, Pleasure principle and reality principle, Gribouille’s apprenticeship, Reminiscence and repetition

See p87 (Sem II) for reference to : Repetition : 1843: Søren Kierkegaard : available at www.ebook3000.com, here : Download here or here (zip file)

NOTES

(p87) Some relations between Jacques Lacan and Søren Kierkegaard: Seminars II, VII, X, XVII, XX & two of the Écrits or here  by Julia Evans on December 16, 2011

THE FREUDIAN SCHEMATA OF THE PSYCHIC APPARATUS

26th January 1955 : Introduction to the ‘Entwurf’ : Chapter VIII

Sub-headings, On the level of psychosomatic reactions, The real is without fissure, The rediscovery of the object

The Concept of Dread (Anxiety) : 1844: Søren Kierkegaard   : See p100

The Project for a Scientific Psychology: 23rd & 25th September & 5th October 1895: Sigmund Freud or here : See p99-101

The Interpretation of Dreams: 1st November 1899 (published as 1900): Sigmund Freud  or here : See p99 & p101

NOTES

Notes on p19-27 of Seminar VII: 25th November 1959: Reading Group of 27th October by Julia Evans on October 27, 2012 or here (Dream ‘dead father’ & ‘strawberries’)

Some relations between Jacques Lacan and Søren Kierkegaard: Seminars II, VII, X, XVII, XX & two of the Écrits or here  by Julia Evans on December 16, 2011

2nd February 1955 : Play of writings : Chapter IX

Subheadings: Madness is not dreaming, Four schemata, Opposition and mediation, The primary process, The entification of perception-consciousness

The Project for a Scientific Psychology: 23rd & 25th September & 5th October 1895: Sigmund Freud or here : See p104 & 106-113

The Interpretation of Dreams: 1st November 1899 (published as 1900): Sigmund Freud  or here : See p104 & p111

9th February 1955 : From the ‘Entwurf’ to the ‘Traumdeutung’ : Chapter X

Subheadings: Entropy taken literally, The paradoxes of omega, everything if always there, Dream and symptom, The conversation with Fliess

The Project for a Scientific Psychology: 23rd & 25th September & 5th October 1895: Sigmund Freud or here : See p116-118

The Interpretation of Dreams: 1st November 1899 (published as 1900): Sigmund Freud  or here : See p115, & p118 refers to Chapter VII – The Dream Process, & p122

16th February 1955 : Censorship is not resistance : Chapter XI

Subheadings: The message as an insistence of an interrupted discourse, The King of England is a fool, Freud and Fechner

The Principle of Entropy and the Death Instinct (Der Entropiesatz und der Todestrieb) : 1931 : Siegfried Bernfeld & Sergei Feitelberg or here : p114-115

The Project for a Scientific Psychology: 23rd & 25th September & 5th October 1895: Sigmund Freud or here : See p130

The Interpretation of Dreams: 1st November 1899 (published as 1900): Sigmund Freud  or here : See p123 & p124 & p130 :

2nd March 1955 : The difficulties of regression : Chapter XII

Subheadings: Who is the subject?, Paradoxes of the Freudian schemata, Perception and hallucination, Function of the ‘Ego’

The Project for a Scientific Psychology: 23rd & 25th September & 5th October 1895: Sigmund Freud or here : See p135-136 & p141 &p142-143 & p144

The Interpretation of Dreams: 1st November 1899 (published as 1900): Sigmund Freud  or here : See p134 Part VII, & p137-145 2nd part of part VII on regression.

9th March 1955 : The dream of Irma’s injection : Chapter XIII

Reason for ‘Interrogating Freud & Lacan’ & how you may join in or here

p114-116 : An unknown autobiographical fragment by Freud : 1946 : Siegfried Bernfeld or here

The Interpretation of Dreams: 1st November 1899 (published as 1900): Sigmund Freud  or here : See p146, & p147 Dream of Irma’s injection, (p181-PFL) of Part II – The method of interpreting dreams : An analysis of a specimen dream, & p147-160

16th March 1955 : The dream of Irma’s injection (conclusion) : Chapter XIV

Subheadings: The imaginary, the real and the symbolic

Reason for ‘Interrogating Freud & Lacan’ & how you may join in or here

The Interpretation of Dreams: 1st November 1899 (published as 1900): Sigmund Freud  or here : See p162-171

BEYOND THE IMAGINARY, THE SYMBOLIC, OR FROM THE LITTLE TO THE BIG OTHER

23rd March 1955 : Odd or even? Beyond intersubjectivity : Chapter XV

Subheadings: An ultimate ‘quod’, The machine which plays, Memory and reminiscence, Introduction to the ‘Purloined Letter’

30th March 1955 : Complement

Subheading: The seminar plays

27th April 1955 : The Purloined Letter : Chapter XVI

See also

See also Seminar on ‘The Purloined Letter’ : 26th April 1955 : Jacques Lacan or here

& Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here

11th May 1955 : Some questions for the teacher : Chapter XVII

Subheadings: The common discourse, The fulfilment of desire, The discourse to sleep, The word and the guts, The question of realism

The Interpretation of Dreams: 1st November 1899 (published as 1900): Sigmund Freud  or here : See p211 ‘what I wanted to say last time when I invoked desire, desire as revealed by Freud, on the level of the unconscious, as desire for nothing’ Exact location of this reference is not known.

18th May 1955 : Desire, life and death : Chapter XVIII

Subheadings: The libido, Desire, sexual desire, instinct, Resistance of the analyst, The beyond of Oedipus, Life dreams only of dying

18th May 1955 : Desire, life and death : Chapter XVIII

Subheadings: The libido, Desire, sexual desire, instinct, Resistance of the analyst, The beyond of Oedipus, Life dreams only of dying

The Interpretation of Dreams: 1st November 1899 (published as 1900): Sigmund Freud  or here : See p226: Quote from p226 ‘But what does Freud tell us? It is true, in the child there’s no distortion of desire, during the day he wants cherries and he dreams of cherries.’  : See (p210 PFL), Part III – Dreams as Wish-Fulfilments, for the account of 22 month old child and cherries. Further down p226, Lacan refers to Anna Freud.  JE thinks he has Anna’s dream of strawberries (see Dream: Child aged 10 months dream of strawberries: 31st October 1897 : Sigmund Freud or here or Chapter III A Dream is the Fulfilment of a Wish (p209-210 – PFL) of Interpretation of Dreams) mixed up with the dream of cherries, & p226-227

25th May 1955 : Introduction of the big Other : Chapter XIX

Subheadings: Why the planets do not speak, Post-analytic paranoia, The z-shaped schema, The other side of the wall of language, Imaginary re-membering [Note: ‘remembrement’, which does not have connotations of memory in french, and, in fact, is often translated as ‘regrouping’; the passage in the Seminar being referred to discusses the reaggregation of the limbs (cf. ‘dismembering)] and symbolic recognition], Why one trains analysts

1st June 1955 : Objectified analysis

Sub-headings: A critique of Fairburn, In analysis, why does one speak?, The imaginary economy and the symbolic register, The irrational number

8th June 1955 : Sosie [‘Sosie’ has come to be a reasonably common synonym for ‘double’ in French; Robert gives 1638 as the first occasion of this usage, and notes it became widespread in 1668, the year Molière wrote ‘Amphitryon’.] Chapter XXI

Subheadings: The husband, the wife and the God, sThe Woman, object of exchange, Me, who kicks you out [‘Moi wui te fous dehors’], The splittings [déboublements] of the obsessional

FINALE

15th June 1955 : Where is speech? Where is language? : Chapter XXII

Subheadings : The apologue of the Martian, The apologue of the three prisoners

Commentaries

Reason for ‘Interrogating Freud & Lacan’ & how you may join in or here

Sigmund Freud & Hilda Doolittle : a transference contextualised by Julia Evans on April 28, 2014 or here

Tracking Jacques Lacan’s development of the use of ‘logos’ or here by Julia Evans on October 30, 2013

Presentation of Jacques Lacan’s Seminar VI (2nd part) : 26th May 2013 : Jacques-Alain Miller or here

22nd June 1955 : Psychoanalysis and cybernetics, or on the nature of language : Chapter XXIII

Subheadings: Lecture

[This was the last in a series of special lectures organised under the auspices of the Société Française de Psychanalyse, under the patronage of the Clinique de la Faculté de Medecine, around the theme ‘Psychoanalysis and the human sciences’. Although some of these lectures have already been referred to, when Lacan or others made allusions to them in the course of the seminar, we thought it convenient to list the entire series, which ran parallel to the work of the seminar throughout the year.

10th November 1954   Jean Delay                  Neurosis and Creation

16th November 1954   Alexandre Koyré         Problems of the Platonic dialogue

30th November 1954   Claude Lévi-Strauss    Kinship versus the family

4th January 1955         Jean Hyppolite           Psychoanalysis and phenomenology

18th January 1955       Maurice Merleau-Ponty  Philosophy and psychoanalysis

8th February 1955       Étienne De Greef        Homicide symbolism in Maeterlinck

15th March 1955         Marcel Griaule            Symbolisation of the world and the conditions of communication in the Sudanese

19th April 1955           Medard Boss (Zurich) Psychoanalysts and analysis of the Dasein

10th May 1955            Émile Benveniste        Psychoanalysis and linguistics

24th May 1955            Daniel Legache            Psychoanalysis and psychology

22nd June 1955            Jacques Lacan             Psychoanalysis and cybernetics, or on the nature of language  ]

Jacques Lacan notes this lecture in his 1966 notes to Seminar on ‘The Purloined Letter’ : 26th April 1955 : Jacques Lacan See here

29th June 1955 : A, m, a, S : Chapter XXIV

Subheadings : ‘Verbum’ and ‘Dabar’, The machine and intutition, Schema of the cure, The libidinal and the symbolic

The Interpretation of Dreams: 1st November 1899 (published as 1900): Sigmund Freud  or here : p322 quotes the end and Chapter VII of ‘Interpretation of Dreams’

Further texts

By Jacques Lacan here