The next meeting of ‘Reading Seminar VII’ Group: Saturday 13th July

by Julia Evans on June 30, 2013

Reading Seminar VII: The Ethics of Psychoanalysis

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All are welcome to join in.  Just come along.

We start reading at Session of 27th January 1960: Ch IX: On creation ex nihilo : p117 : Paragraph begins ‘I am trying to give you the information about sublimation required if we are to account for its relation to what we are calling the Thing…’

Next meeting: Saturday 13th July 2013

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Location: Room 102, First Floor, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

To join our discussion group please follow instructions on the site here  or send an email to

In addition, there a number of posts from this group at in the category  ‘Posts for the “A. Reading Seminar VII: The Ethics of Psychoanalysis”’ or here

A number of the references given by Lacan are available at Seminar VII: The ethics of psychoanalysis: 1959-1960: Jacques Lacan or here

The meeting dates for 2013/14 will be made available at this meeting.

Background information:

What does analysis allow us to formulate concerning the origin of morality?

The Reading Group

The idea for the Lacan Reading Group stems from an initial collaboration between Richard Dumbrill (Iconea Director),  Julia Evans (Lacanian Analyst and a member of the EuroFederation of Psychoanalysis), and Bruno de Florence (musicologist and Iconea Fellow).  We are grateful for the support given by Iconea (

Aim and process for reading Seminar VII:Ethics

The English translation of Jacques Lacan’s text will be read by the group during sessions. Group members will be encouraged to contribute to the discussion of ideas, the examination of the context and Jacques Lacan’s references, and invitations will be extended to them and others, with intersecting interests (such as linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, topology, semiotics, Semitic languages, etc…) to join us in discussions. It is hoped that a body of notes will emerge.

Availability of the text:

The 1992 translation by Dennis Porter will be used. 
Published as ‘The Ethics of Psychoanalysis’: 1959-1960: The seminar of Jacques Lacan: Book VII by Tavistock/Routledge, 1992. Available here

If you would like to join us, please contact Julia Evans at: or Bruno de Florence:

Session dates for 2013/14  will be available soon.

Further information here