Psychoanalysis and cybernetics, or on the nature of language : 22nd June 1955 : Lecture in Paris : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on June 22, 1955

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 Médecine, around the theme ‘Psychoanalysis and the human sciences’. Although , by Seminar II : session of 22nd June 1955, some of these lectures have already been referred to, when Lacan or others made allusions to them during Seminar II, the entire series is listed below. This ran parallel to the work of Seminar II 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

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 of Seminar II, see below, Ch XXIII, 22nd June 1955,

Or p350-354 of the French 1978 Edition

Available here       

b) Seminar II : 22nd June 1955 : Lecture, Psychoanalysis and cybernetics, or on the nature of language

Chapter XXIII  or 22nd June 1955 of Seminar II: The Ego in Freud’s Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis: 1954-1955: begins 17th November 1954

Published as ‘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

Cambridge University Press, 1988

Details 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 French publication:

1) Le moi dans la théorie de Freud et dans la technique de la psychanalyse: Les Éditions du Seuil, Paris, 1978