On a question preliminary to any possible treatment of psychosis : December 1955-January 1956 [1958] : two most important parts of Seminar III : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on December 1, 1955

This is dated December 1955 to January 1956  at the end of the text.


a) p179-225, Chapter Six of Écrits: A Selection, translated by Alan Sheridan, published by Tavistock/Routledge, 1977.

Available here (2 pages to 1 page)

Or available here (1 page to 1 page)

Commentaries by Alan Sheridan & Jacques-Alain Miller

Translator’s note, Bibliography Note : 1977 : Alan Sheridan & Classified index of the major concepts, Commentary on the graphs : 1966 : Jacques-Alain Miller : from ‘Écrits: a selection’ or here

b) p445-488 of ‘Jacques Lacan: Écrits:The first complete edition in English’, translated by Bruce Fink, published by W. W, Norton & Company, 2006.

c) (1958b), D’une question préliminaire à tout traitement possible de la psychose : La Psychanalyse : Vol 4: pl- 50.

d) Jacques Lacan :  “Question préliminaire à tout traitement possible de la psychose”, Ecrits, Seuil, 1966, p. 549

Quote from the introduction to this text in the Alan Sheridan translation, op. cit.:

This article contains the most important parts of the seminar given during the first two terms of the academic year 1955-1956, at the École Normale Supérieure. It first appeared in ‘La Psychanalyse’, Vol 4. [end quote]


John P. Muller & William J. Richardson: A Reader’s Guide to Écrits: Published by International Universities Press, NY, USA: 1982:

A Reader’s Guide to Écrits: Ch 6: On a Question Preliminary to Any Possible Treatment of Psychosis:

Available here

Further information A Reader’s Guide to Écrits: 1982: John P. Muller and William J. Richardson or here

Linked Reading:

Seminar III: The Psychoses: 1955-1956: from 16th November 1955: Jacques Lacan or here

Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here

Autres Écrits: 2001 : Jacques Lacan or here


Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Earl’s Court, London


Other texts

Texts related to the case of President Schreber here

By Daniel Paul Schreber here

By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud : here

By Jacques Lacan here

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here

Availability of Daniel Paul Schreber’s Memoirs of my nervous illness & many of the commentaries  by Julia Evans on 2nd September 2015 or here

Of the clinic here

Ordinary Psychosis here

Use of power here

Some Lacanian History : here

Topology : here

Lacanian Transmission : here