The Realism of the Cartel : 12th December 2016 : Rik Loose

by Julia Evans on December 12, 2016

Some Reflections on Lacan’s ‘Religions and the Real’ and Eric Laurent’s ‘The Real and the Group’

Circulated by NLS-Messager (New Lacanian School – /Messager) : as [nls-messager] 2277.en/ 4+one – The NLS Cartels’ Newsletter / La Newsletter des cartels de la NLS – No. 1 : on 12th December 2016 at 23:29:50 GMT

Published in 4+one (The NLS Cartels’ Newsletter)- n°1 – December 2016 : The Realism of the Cartel : by « 4 + One » Reading Committee : Ruzanna Hakobyan, Michèle Harroch, Carole Niquet, Glenn Strubbe, Frank Rollier (plus 1).

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References & their Availability

  1. Lacan, J. (1975), Religions and the Real, in Lacanian Review, Hurly-Burly, 2016, issue 1, p. 8. [Availability Religions and the Real (Paris) : 13th April 1975 : Jacques Lacan or here]
    2. Ibid.
    3. Ibid. p. 9.
  2. Laurent, E, (2000), The Real and the Group, in Psychoanalytical Notebooks, issue 4 p. 36. [Availability The Real and the Group : 2000 : Éric Laurent or here]
  3. Lacan, J. (1947), British Psychiatry and the War, in Psychoanalytical Notebooks, issue 4, p. 10. [Availability British Psychiatry and the War: 1947: Jacques Lacan or here]
  4. Lacan, J. (1960-1961), The Seminar of Jacques Lacan Book VIII, Transference: Cambridge: Polity Press, 2015, p. 395. [Availability Seminar VIII : Transference : 1960-1961 : Begins 16th November 1960 : Jacques Lacan or here]:

See Seminar VIII : 28th June 1961 : p337 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation : Quote [Jacques Lacan is referring to Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego : 1921 : Sigmund Freud]

In order that collectively all the subjects, at least for an instant, should have this same ideal which permits
 anything and everything for a rather short time, what is necessary, he says to us? It is that all these exterior objects, äusseres Objekt should be taken as having a common trait, the einziger Zug.

Why does this interest us? It is because what is true at the collective level is also true at the individual level. The function of the ideal, in so far as it is around it that there is accommodated the relationship of a subject to his objects, it is very precisely in so far as, in the world of a subject who speaks, it is a pure and simple matter of a metaphorical attempt to confer on all of them a common trait. The world of the subject who speaks, which is called the human world, corresponds to the following: it is that for all objects, to take them in this animal world that analytic tradition has made the exemplary operation of defensive identifications, it is a pure matter of decree to fix this trait common to the diversity of objects, whether they are dogs, cats, badgers or deer. To decree that in order to subsist in a world where the i(o) of the subject is respected they all, whatever they are, go “bow-wow”, this is the function of the einziger Zug.

Further texts

On Groups and Cartels here

Lacanian Transmission here

By Éric Laurent here

By Jacques Lacan here

By Rik Loose here

The cartel and the real : 14th March 2014 : Catherine Lacaze-Paule or here