Introduction to the Names-of-the-Father Seminar : 20th November 1963: Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on November 20, 1963

Jacques Lacan’s opening remarks on 20th November 1963:

I don’t intend to engage in anything in the order of a theatrical ploy. I shall not wait until the end of this seminar to tell you that this will be the last that I shall conduct.

For some, apprised of things that have been occurring, that will not be a surprise. It is for the others, out of respect for their presence, that I am making this declaration.

I request that absolute silence be maintained during the session.

Up until sometime quite late last night, when a certain bit of news was delivered to me, (Footnote: On the night of November 19, 1963, Serge Leclaire informed Lacan that the S. F. P. had voted, in a complicated procedure, to refuse not to ratify the motion striking Lacan’s name from the list of training analysts.) it was my belief that I would be giving you this year what I have been dispensing for ten years now.r My seminar for today was prepared with the same care as I have always devoted to it, every week, for the last ten years. I don’t think I can do any better than offer it to you as it is, with my apologies for the fact that it will have no sequel.

Introduction to the Names-of-the-Father Seminar

Translated into English

a) Edited by Jacques-Alain Miller, translated by Jeffrey Mehlman, Published in October, vol 40, p81-95 :  Available here

b) Reprinted in Joan Copjec (ed.), Television/A challenge to the Psychoanalytic Establishment, New York NY, W.W. Norton & Company, p81-95

Available here

Published in French

Séminaire du 20 novembre 1963, in Bulletin de l’Association freudienne, 1985, vol 12, p3-5; vol 13 p3-6