The Other is Missing [The Other lacks] : 15th January 1980 : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on January 15, 1980

Jacques Lacan describes this as ‘my seminar of the 15th January’.

The text of this seminar appeared in Le Monde of January 26, 1980, preceded by a letter dated  24th January 1980.

Translation note :

L’Autre manque may also be translated as ‘The Other lacks’ which seems to me to be a better translation. The other option would be The missing Other’

English translation :

Translated by Jeffrey Mehlman : Published

1) October : Vol 40 : 1987 : p131-133 ;

Available here

2) Reprinted in Joan Copjec (ed.) : Television/A Challenge to the Psychoanalytic Establishment : 1990 : W. W. Norton and Company (New York NY) : p133-135

3) published as ‘Dissolution—January 5th, 1980 ; L’Autre manque’ at Richard G. Klein’s site,, or here

In French:

L’autre manque : Ornicar? : 1980 : Vol 20/21 : p11-12



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Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst in Earl’s Court, London


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Dossier on the Institutional Debate, An Introduction : 1990 : Joan Copjec or here

Lacanian Transmission here

Some Lacanian history here

Of the clinic here

Topology here

By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud here

By Jacques Lacan here

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here

Jacques Lacan in English or here

Translation Working Group here

Use of power here