A Tearing up of Time : 26th July 2016 (France) : Guy Briole

by Julia Evans on July 26, 2016

In the aftermath of the latest terrorist attacks that took place in France -in Nice on July 14th 2016 and in a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray 12 days later-, Noa Farchi interviewed Guy Briole.
Guy Briole is a psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst. He is head of the medical school of military hospital le Val de Grâce in Paris.

Publication and Availability

– Published by the Lacanian Review Online on 8th August 2016 : Available here

– Circulated on the New Lacanian School’s Messager, Number 2192.en/ The Lacanian Review Online/ In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in France… on 8th August 2016 at 22:20 : See http://www.amp-nls.org/page/gb/49/nls-messager

– Also available here


* Seminar II : 25th May 1955 : P235 of Sylvana Tomaselli’s translation :

Last time, I left you with a somewhat strange question, but one which came directly out of what I was saying to you – why don’t the planets speak?

We aren’t at all like planets, that’s something we can have a sense of whenever we want, but that doesn’t prevent us from forgetting it. We always have a tendency to reason about men as if they were moons, calculating their masses, their gravitation.

That isn’t an illusion peculiar to us, us scientists [savants] – it is quite especially tempting for politicians.

I am thinking of a work which has been forgotten, though it wasn’t that unreadable, because it probably wasn’t written by the author who signed it- it had the title Mein Kampf. Well, in this work by the said Hitler, which has lost a great deal of its topicality, relations between men are spoken of as being like relations between moons. And there’s always the temptation to construct a psychology and a psychoanalysis of moons, whereas all you need do to see the difference is refer directly to experience.

For instance, I am rarely altogether happy. Last time, I wasn’t at all happy, no doubt because I tried to fly too high – I wouldn’t have engaged in all that flapping of wings if everything had been well prepared. However, several kind people, those who accompany me to the door, told me that everybody was happy. Rather an exaggeration of the position, I imagine. No matter, that’s what I was told. Moreover, at the time I wasn’t convinced. But why not! So I said to myself- if the others are happy, that’s the main thing. That’s where I am different from a planet.

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

Further texts:

Case Studies from Literature here

Use of power here

Jacques Lacan here

Guy Briole here