Meeting of the Seminar VII Reading Group on Saturday 1st February

by Julia Evans on January 19, 2014

Reading Jacques Lacan’s Seminar VII : The Ethics of Psychoanalysis 

LOCATION: Artists Room (it’s up the back stairs)


25 Red Lion Square

London WC1R 4RL

Tube: Holborn

All are welcome to join in.  Just come along.

Posts from this group are available: “A. Reading Seminar VII: The Ethics of Psychoanalysis”’ category or here

We start reading at the beginning of Session of 27th April 1960: Ch XV: The jouissance  of transgression : p191 of the Dennis Porter translation, published by Routledge

Next meeting: Saturday 1st February 2014

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Contribution: £15/£10 concessionaries. Please tell us if payment causes difficulties. 


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You are invited to post your observations and comments to ‘the-letter’ Google group:

To access posts by this group, go to and look in the category  ‘Posts for the “A. Reading Seminar VII: The Ethics of Psychoanalysis”’ category or here

A number of the references commented on by Jacques Lacan are available at Seminar VII: The ethics of psychoanalysis: 1959-1960: Jacques Lacan or here

The meeting dates for 2013/14 are available: Reading Seminar VII Group – Schedule for 2013/2014 Or here  or below 


The 1992 translation by Dennis Porter will be used. Details of its availability are given Seminar VII: The ethics of psychoanalysis: 1959-1960: Jacques Lacan or here


The English translation of Jacques Lacan’s text will be read aloud during sessions. Group participants will be encouraged to contribute to the discussion of the ideas, the examination of the context and Lacan’s references. Invitations will be extended to them and others, with intersecting interests (such as linguistics, musicology, mathematics, Judaism, philosophy, topology, semiotics, Semitic languages, etc…) to join us in discussions. It is hoped that a body of notes will emerge. 


What does psychoanalysis allow us to formulate concerning the origin of morality?

“Given all that is implied by the phrase, the ethics of psychoanalysis will allow me, far more than anything else, to test the categories that I believe enable me to give you through my teaching the most suitable instruments for understanding what is new both in Freud’s work and in the experience of psychoanalysis that derives from it.”

With these words Jacques Lacan begins his famous seminar on ethics, in which he discusses the problem of sublimation, the paradox of jouissance, the essence of tragedy (a reading of Sophocles’s Antigone), and the tragic dimension of analytical experience.

Delving into the psychoanalyst’s inevitable involvement with ethical questions and the ‘attraction of transgression’, Lacan clarifies many of his key concepts, as well as his criticisms of certain trends in psychoanalysis. 


All meetings are from 10.30am until 12.30pm.

@ Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Tube: Holborn

1st February 2014      Artists’ Room CONWAY HALL

22 February 2014       Artists’ Room CONWAY HALL

8 March 2014             Club Room      CONWAY HALL      

12 April 2014              Artists’ Room CONWAY HALL

10 May 2014              Artists’ Room CONWAY HALL

31 May 2014              Artists’ Room CONWAY HALL

21 June 2014               Artists’ Room CONWAY HALL

5 July 2014                 Artists’ Room CONWAY HALL