Interpretation and Truth : 1st July 1994 : Éric Laurent

by Julia Evans on July 1, 1994

Lecture given in July 1994 at the Seminario Hispano-Hablante following the VIIIth International Encounter of the Freudian Field.

Transcribed by José Manuel Alvarez, translated to French by Marie-José Asnoun, Pierre-Gilles Guéguen, Claude Quénardel.

Published in La Lettre Mensuelle, 137, 1995.

In English

Translated by Lynn Gaillard

Published in Bulletin of the NLS : nr 4 : 2008 : p76-82

Available here

Quoted as a reference leading to the New Lacanian School’s congress (http://www.amp-nls.org/page/gb/170/the-congress), on ‘Discreet Signs in Ordinary Psychoses Clinic and Treatment in Dublin, 2nd and 3rd July 2016

Headings

Interpretation and Truth

Metalanguage and truth

Interpretation and logic : The subject from nowhere

Frege, Davidson, Lacan

The principle of charity and the construction of the fantasy

Meaning and enciphering

Lacan’s step

To conclude

References

I have included a quote from Éric Laurent’s text in the following.

i) The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of its Power:10th-13th July 1958 : Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here

Lacan’s contribution concerning interpretation is the essential part of the text “The Direction of the Cure”

ii) the perspective of 1953 … : a choice of

The Neurotic’s Individual Myth (Seminar on the ‘Rat Man’ – 1952 to 1953) : 1953 : Jacques Lacan : Information & here

Conference Report, SIR : Inaugural meeting of SFP, Paris : 8th July 1953 : Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here

The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis (Rome) : 26th September 1953 : Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here

iii) … would be transformed in the text “The Instance of the Letter “

The Agency (Insistence or Instance) of the Letter in the Unconscious or Reason since Freud (Sorbonne, Paris) : 9th May 1957 : Jacques Lacan or here

iv) This appears explicitly, in “The proposition of October 9, 1967”

‘Proposal of 9th October 1967 
on the psychoanalyst of the School’: Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here

v) The Interpretation of Dreams: 1st November 1899 (published as 1900): Sigmund Freud : Information & availability here

This perspective concerns the psychoanalyst in his practice. Dreams, for example, are interpreted step-by-step. And if, for Freud, the Interpretation of Dreams is precisely the crux of the matter introducing the recognition that there is no dictionary, it is because the patient himself obtains a dictionary of the dream by his free associations. Freud indicated, moreover, that one must treat the patient’s commentaries and judgments about his dream in the same manner as the dream itself. This means taking a position that the commentary is not a metalanguage on the dream, but that commentaries and judgments are on the same level. Consequently, these manifestations of truth can be taken into account without leading to a final totalization.

vi) Probably The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of its Power:10th-13th July 1958 : Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here

lf, in his texts from 1958, Lacan refused to make of interpretation a metalanguage, and if he renewed this proposition until …

vii) Probably ‘Proposal of 9th October 1967 
on the psychoanalyst of the School’: Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here

… and including in the texts of 1967 where he defined interpretation as what is articulated between writing and reading, …

viii)  Introduction to a first volume of the Écrits (Walter Verlag) or Introduction to the German Edition of the Écrits: 7th October 1973: Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here

… the “lntroduction to the German Edition of the Ecrits” renews the subject in a decisive way.

ix) Radiophonie: 9th April & 5th June 1970: Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here

Lacan presents here what he has observed in his practice: that the sense is always getting lost, that something gets lost. This is what appears, for example, in “Radiophonie”, a text in which sense is defined not as that which runs or slips away, which is a definition of metonymy, but as something which gets lost. This presentation is already an effect of the construction of his theory of the object : it is no longer on the side of metonymy, but on the side of separation.

x) Constructions in Analysis : 1937d : Sigmund Freud

I find this idea again in Freud’s text “Construction in psychoanalysis”. In this text he gave to interpretation the scope of an exhaustive reconstruction of the memories and of the fate of a subject, …

xi) From the History of an infantile neurosis (The ‘Wolf Man’): 1914 : Sigmund Freud

… for example, the case of the “Wolf Man”, in which he reconstructs very precisely the first six months of the patient’s life. He defines it, however, not in terms of the equivalence between the construction and a completude, but as the means of obtaining the consent of the patient. Thus, although incompletely resolved, the problem can be reduced to that posed by the consent: choose the consistency obtained by the consent of the patient, rather than the completude of the chain of memories.

xii) Introduction to a first volume of the Écrits (Walter Verlag) or Introduction to the German Edition of the Écrits: 7th October 1973: Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here

Introduction to the German Edition of the Écrits : He asks how it might be possible to unite the universal and truth, and the means by which the peculiar sense of the fantasy- which is revealed for each one, one by one, in an analysis – can be modified in the course of a cure.

xiii) Introduction to a first volume of the Écrits (Walter Verlag) or Introduction to the German Edition of the Écrits: 7th October 1973: Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here

This way of seeing things has the advantage of allowing us to think of truth and interpretation uniquely in semantic terms, and also of introducing us to the semantics of the universes of possible discourses.

Lacan’s text “Introduction to the German Edition… ” is inscribed precisely in this line of thought.

Further texts:

By Éric Laurent : here

On ‘Ordinary Psychosis’ : here

Related text:

See also notes to The therapeutic effect of inexact interpretation : a contribution to the theory of suggestion : October 1931 : Edward Glover : Information here

Related posts:

On Lacanian History here

 

Lacanian Transmission : here

Of the clinic : here

By Éric Laurent : Available here

By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud : here

Or by Jacques Lacan : here 

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here

 

 

 

 Julia Evans 

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Earl’s Court, London