Seminar XXIII: The Sinthome or Joyce and the Sinthome: 1975-1976: beginning on November 18th 1975 : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on November 18, 1975

Index

Addenda!

There are two English translations available.

1) Cormac Gallagher’s translation from original tapes.

2) Adrian Price’s translation from Jacques-Alain Miller’s edited text and with his chapter headings

3) In French : Edited by Jacques-Alain Miller

4) Page numbers in the different editions

5) References to this seminar

6) Notes

7) Related Texts

Addenda

Presentation on 20thJanuary 1976

See Presentation at Lacan’s Seminar : 20th January 1976 (Paris) : Jacques Aubert  or here

Commentary

Passed Over Stories : 6th November 2005 (Paris) : Jacques Aubert  or here

Reading Notes

Reading Notes to Jacques Lacan’s Seminar XXIII : 2005 : Jacques Aubert  or here

1) Cormac Gallagher’s translation, from original tapes,

available at wwwLacaninIreland.com : Here  is in two parts:

i)  Joyce and the Sinthome Part 1 Available here

Content:

I Wednesday 18th November 1975

II Wednesday 9th December 1975

III Wednesday 16th December 1975

IV Wednesday 13th January 1976

V Wednesday 20th January 1976

ii)  Joyce and the Sinthome Part 2 : Available here

Content:

VI Wednesday 10th February 1976

VII Wednesday 17th February 1976

VIII Wednesday 9th March 1976:

IX Wednesday 16th March 1976

– Translation Seminar XXIII : 16th March 1976 : CGpIX 9 translation of Trieb as pulsion not dérive

X  Wednesday 13th April 1976

XI Wednesday 11th May 1976

2) Translation by Adrian Price : Edited by Jacques-Alain Miller :

The Sinthome – The Seminar of Jacques Lacan – Book XXIII : Polity Press 2016

Chapter Headings as defined by Jacques-Alain Miller

Section title : The Spirit of the Knots

Seminar XXIII :18th November 1975 : Chapter I : On the Logical Use of the Sinthome

Or Freud with Joyce

Sub-headings : Joyce, that father-tasked wretch

The body : form and the fact of saying

The father is a sinthome

On the four-component Borromean link

On an art that foils the truth of the sinthome

Seminar XXIII : 9th December 1975 : Chapter II : On what makes a Hole in the Real

Sub-headings : The fourth ring

A geometry forbidden to the imaginary

Meeting Chomsky

No hope of escaping from feeble-mindedness

On an art that substantializes the symptom

Seminar XXIII : 16th December 1975 : Chapter III : On the knot as the subject’s support

Sub-headings : Soury and Thomé

Knot and Know

Personality and paranoia

The sinthome and the unconscious

Meaning and jouissance

Section Title : The Joyce Trail

Seminar XXIII : 13th January 1976 : Chapter IV : Joyce and the Fox Riddle

Sub-headings : Home truths ticking over

The real bears no meaning

Mentality and the adoration of the body

Joyce deep-rooted in the father he disowns

Making a splice between sinthome and jouissance

Seminar XXIII : 20th January 1976 : Additional Session

The following week: Adjournment to eftsoons

Jacques Aubert’s presentation

Seminar XXIII : 10th February 1976 : Chapter V : Was Joyce mad?

Sub-headings : The jouissance of the real

Redemption or castration

The real within the entanglements of the true

Compensating for a de facto Verwerfung

The value of the proper noun

Seminar XXIII : 17th February 1976 : Joyce and Imposed Words

Sub-headings : Lacan’s knot

Knots and links

Slips of the knot mended by the sinthome

Sexual equivalence = non-relation

Symptomatic woman, ravaging man

Section Title : The Invention of the Real

Seminar XXIII : 9th March 1976 : Chapter VII : On a Fallace that vouches for the Real

Sub-headings : The all and the set

Borromean duality

Orientation and colour

Syntax and equivoque

The phallus and the real

Seminar XXIII : 16th March 1976 : Chapter VIII : On Sens, Sex, and the Real

Sub-headings : Orientation of the real, foreclosure of sens

The real is tied to nothing

Joyce’s sinthome is unanalysable

The phallic function, between fantasy and phonation

Folisophy

Seminar XXIII : 13th April 1976 : Chapter IX : From the Unconscious to the Real

Sub-headings : A new type of idea

Energetics and the real

Meaning is the Other of the real

The Name-of-the-father: bypassing it, making use of it

The real is lawless

Section Title : By Way of Conclusion

Seminar XXIII : 11th May 1976 : Chapter X : The Writing of the Ego

Sub-headings : What philosophy lacks, and what makes up for it

On a logic of bags and cords

Disentangling oneself from the idea of eternity

On a body dropped like a fruit peel

What Joyce’s knot lacks, and what rectifies it

Seminar XXIII : Note by Jacques-Alain Miller, 7th January 2005

Seminar XXIII : Retroactive Note by Jacques-Alain Miller, 17th January 2005

Section Title : Appendices

Joyce the Symptom : Jacques Lacan : Lecture delivered on 16th June 1975 : See here

Presentation at Lacan’s Seminar : Jacques Aubert : Delivered on 20th January 1976

Reading Notes : Jacques Aubert

A Note Threaded Stitch by Stitch : Jacques-Alain Miller : 27th January 2005

Translator’s Notes : Adrian Price

Index

3) In French : Edited by Jacques-Alain Miller

LACAN, J.: Le séminaire livre XXIII : Le sinthome: Paris , Seuil 2005

4) Page numbers in the 3 editions of Seminar XXIII

in Cormac Gallagher’s translation {CGp}, Adrian Price’s translation {APp} & the French, 2005, edition {Fp} of Seminar XXIII

Note: the number of sessions or chapters differ in Cormac Gallagher’s translation & Adrian Price’s

I Wednesday 18th November 1975 : CGpI1 : APp3

Reference : p4 of Cormac Gallagher : ‘I enunciated the Symbolic, the Imaginary and the Real in ‘54′ : See Conference Report, SIR : Inaugural meeting of SFP, Paris : 8th July 1953 : Jacques Lacan or here

II Wednesday 9th December 1975 : CGpII I : APp17

– Lacan, 2005a, Fp. 27–43 = Seminar XXIII : 9th December 1975 : CGpII IV

III Wednesday 16th December 1975 : CGpIII I : APp33

– Lacan, J, 2005, Fp. 56: “the subject who is sustained by the parlêtre, which is what I denote as the unconscious”. = Seminar XXIII : 16th December 1975 : CGpIII 13

Quotes from pIII 13 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation : Speaking through One’s Symptom, Speaking through One’s Body : 7th July 2012 (Lausanne) & 23rd November 2013 (Buenos Aires) : Éric Laurent or here

– Quotes from pIII 13 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation : Speaking through One’s Symptom, Speaking through One’s Body : 7th July 2012 (Lausanne) & 23rd November 2013 (Buenos Aires) : Éric Laurent or here

IV Wednesday 13th January 1976 : CGpIV I : APp47 – Ch IV

– Fp. 66 = Seminar XXIII : 13th January 1976 : CGpIV 6 – 7

V Wednesday 20th January 1976 : CGpV I : APp59 – Appendix to ChIV plus Jacques Aubert’s presentation APp149

VI Wednesday 10th February 1976 : CGpVI I : APp62 – Ch V

– Lacan, 2005a, Fp. 87 = Seminar XXIII : 10th February 1976 : CGpVI 12

VII Wednesday 17th February 1976 : CGpVII I : APp74 – ChVI

VIII Wednesday 9th March 1976 : CGpVIII I : APp87 – Ch VII

– Quotes from pVIII 1 & pVIII 2  & pVIII 2-3 & pVIII 4 & pVIII 5 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation in, Speaking through One’s Symptom, Speaking through One’s Body : 7th July 2012 (Lausanne) & 23rd November 2013 (Buenos Aires) : Éric Laurent or here

Reference, pVIII 1 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation :Lituraterre: 12th May 1971: Jacques Lacan  or here

pVIII 1 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation : The Portrait of Dora : Hélène Cixous

IX Wednesday 16th March 1976 : CGpIX I : APp100 – Ch VIII

X  Wednesday 13th April 1976 : CGpX I : APp110 – Ch IX

XI Wednesday 11th May 1976 : CGpXI I : APp123 – Ch X

– Fp148 of 2005 = 11th May 1976 : CGpXI 12

– The session given on 16th June 1975 is translated. Details given Joyce the Symptom : 16th June 1975 : Jacques Lacan or here

5) References to this seminar:

Knot and Name-of-the-Father: July 2006: Pierre Skriabine or here

From notes to “Discreet Signs in Ordinary Psychoses – Clinic and Treatment”, Towards the NLS Congress in Dublin July 2016 : 10th October 2015 : Yves Vanderveken and available here

This is precisely what Jacques Lacan invited us to do with the Name-of-the-Father in his Seminar (XXIII), Le sinthome, p.136.

Probably : In Seminar XXIII, Lacan points out that “psychoanalysis, with its success, demonstrates that one can also get rid of the Name-of–the-father. One can get rid of it (ignore it: s’en passer) on condition one makes use of it (s’en server).” pX 11-12 Of Cormac Gallagher – see above – p 136 of French edition : p116 of Adrian Price’s translation : 13th April 1976

pX 11-12 : Autism : 13th July 2006 (Rome) : Virginio Baio or here

6) Notes

– The session given on 16th June 1975 is translated. Details given Joyce the Symptom : 16th June 1975 : Jacques Lacan or here

- Seminar XXIII : 18th November 1975

Quote from p4 & p5 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation in A Lacanian approach to clinical diagnosis and addiction : 2002 : Rik Loose or here

Quote from p9-10 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation in The Logic and Surprises of Supervision at the Time of the Parlêtre : 7th March 2015 (Italy) : Éric Laurent or here

Comment on p11 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation : But for this speech to resonate, for it to be consonant with, to use another word of the sinthome madaquin, for it to consonate, the body must be sensitive to it. :

Note by Bruno de Florence on 30th November 2017 :

BdF MADAQUIN: which is like a saying by St Tomas d’Aquin (Thomas Aquinas for you English people).

JE The neologism sinthomasaquinian refers to “St. Thomas Aquinas” and, probably, the Thomistic theory of beauty.

&

CGp11 : is something of the order of a frog who wants to make himself as big as an ox. We know the effects from a fable. :

BdF Reference to FROG & OX: very popular 17th tale by Jean de la Fontaine, all French school kids know it, La Grenouille qui veut se faire aussi grosse que le Bœuf, English translation on http://lafontaine.mmlc.northwestern.edu/fables/grenouille_boeuf_en.html

See Towards the 11th Clinical Study-Days: Conference “The Ego Of The Obsessional” : 22nd October 2017 (New York) : Gil Caroz or here  for details of the quote.

- Seminar XXIII : 20thJanuary 1976 :

pV4 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation :

He cannot failto be sensitive to the fact that it deals with an arrangement that starts from a favourite quotation of the father, a quotation from a literary text that had had, to all appearances, certain effects on him.

(72) And this text is to be found on page 93 of the Penguin edition:

-Nathan ‘s voice! His son’s voice!  I hear the voice of Nathan who left his father to die of grief and misery in my arms, who left the house of his father and left the God of his father.

We see that what returns here is slightly different.

Fuller quote in : Passed Over Stories : 6th November 2005 (Paris) : Jacques Aubert   or here

-Seminar XXIII : 10th February 1976

– Quote from Jack Stone’s Joyce/Lacan/SintHome Page : published at http://web.missouri.edu : here : Translated by Jack Stone :

“There is a dynamic of knots; it serves for nothing (sert á rien), but, finally, it grips (serre).”–Jacques Lacan, Le Sinthome : Session of 10th February 1976

- Seminar XXIII : 17th February 1976 :

Jacques Lacan comments on the following case study :

A Lacanian Psychosis: 12th February 1976: An encounter between Gérard Primeau & Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here

The full quote of this commentary is available Teachings of the Case Presentation : 1977 : Jacques-Alain Miller or here

- Seminar XXIII : 9th March 1976

pXIII 2 : So the aforesaid Hélène Cixous had already produced, it appears – for my part it had remained a little vague in my memory – had already produced, it appears in the out-of-print issue of Littutaterre, to remind myself of it, I was completely ignorant of it, that I had produced Litturaterre. In this out-of-print issue, which will not make it easy for you rediscover it, except for those who already have it, she produced a little note on Dora. And then, since that, she has made a play out of it, The Portrait of Dora.

pXIII 13 : The notion of couple, of coloured couple, is there to suggest that in sex, there is nothing more than, I would say, the being of colour. Which in itself suggests that there can be woman the colour of man, I will say, or man the colour of woman. The sexes on this occasion, if we support with the red ring wht is involved in the Symbolic, the sexes on this occasion are opposed as Imaginary and Real, as Idea and Impossible to take up again in my terms.

pXIII 15 : The Meaning (or Signification) of the Phallus (Munich): 9th May 1958 : Jacques Lacan : Notes & availability here

Seminar XXIII : 16th March 1976

The Realm of The Sense (film) : 1976 : Nagisa Oshima or here

pIX 3 : The metaphor indicates nothing but that : the sexual relationship.

pIX 7 : Seminar Encore : Seminar XX: Encore: 1972 – 1973: From 12th December 1972 : Jacques Lacan : Notes & availability here

pIX 9 : Finnegans Wake

pIX 10 : Except for the fact, he says, and this is how this Finnegans Wake is constructed, that the dreamer in it is not any particular character, it is the dream itself. It is here in this way that Joyce slides, slides, slides towards Jung. Slides towards the collective unconscious of which there is no better proof, there is no better proof than Joyce, that the collective unconscious is a sinthome. For one cannot say that Finnegans Wake, in his imagination, is not part of this sinthome.

pIX 13 : Eve from Genesis, The Bible :

Encore : Seminar XX: Encore: 1972 – 1973: From 12th December 1972 : Jacques Lacan : Notes & availability here :

The Book of Wisdom, The Bible

Seminar XXIII : 13th April 1976

pX 5 The Project for a Scientific Psychology: 23rd & 25th September & 5th October 1895: Sigmund Freud or here

pX 6 : The Freudian Thing or the Meaning of the Return to Freud in Psychoanalysis: 7th November 1955 : Jacques Lacan : Also read on 21st December 1955 as part of Seminar III : For availability see  Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here

pX 10 : It is in the measure that I believe I am able, first, from something which is a crude topology, to support what is at stake. Namely, the very function of the Real as distinguished, distinguished by me from what I believe I can hold with certainty – with certainty because I am practiced in it from the term of Unconscious, is that not so – it is in this measure, and in the measure that the Unconscious is not without a reference to the body, that I think that the function of the Real can be distinguished from it.

pX 11 : p 136 of French edition : p116 of Adrian Price’s translation : 13th April 1976 : From Cormac Gallagher : Question : If according to Genesis – I am reading the things that people have been good enough to write to me, it is not the worst way to do it given what I have said: that the Real is linked to writing – if according to genesis as translated by André Chouraqui, God created a help for man, a help against him, what about the psychoanalyst as a help against?

  1. Lacan: I think that effectively the psychoanalyst cannot conceive of himself otherwise than as a sinthome. It is not psychoanalysis that is a sinthome, it is the psychoanalyst. That is how I will reply to what was put to me as a question earlier. The fact is that it is the psychoanalyst who is, when all is said and done, a help of whom, in the terms of Genesis, one can say that that he is in short a reversal (retournement). Since moreover the Other of the Other is, what I have just defined now as the little hole there. That the little hole might be able to provide a help all by itself, [pX 12] it is precisely in this that the hypothesis of the Unconscious has its support. The hypothesis of the Unconscious as Freud underlines, is something which, which cannot hold up except by supposing the Name-of-the-Father. Supposing the Name-of-the-Father, certainly is God. It is in this that, that psychoanalysis, by succeeding, proves that one can moreover do without the Name-of-the-Father. One can moreover do without it provided one makes use of it.

pX10-11 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation : See above or Passed Over Stories : 6th November 2005 (Paris) : Jacques Aubert  or here  for fuller quote.

pX 13 : I speak about the Real as impossible in the measure that, that I believe, precisely, that the Real – anyway, I believe, if it is my symptom, tell me – where I believe that the Real, that the real is, has to be said, lawless.

The true Real implies, implies the absence of law.

Seminar XXIII : 11th May 1976

pXI 2 : Finnegans Wake : Clive Hart’s Structure in James Joyce’

pXI 12 : Totem and Taboo: 1912-1913 : Sigmund Freud

You will find Freud’s paper in English with the original German text laid out in the right hand column : published by www.Freud2Lacan.com : available here

pXI 14 : But it is a way of articulating precisely the fact that all human sexuality is perverse if we clearly follow what Freud says. He never succeeded in conceiving of the aforesaid sexuality otherwise than as perverse. [See notes to Seminar VII] And this indeed is why I question what I would call the fecundity of psychoanalysis.

You have heard me state very often that psychoanalysis had not even been capable of inventing a new perversion. It’s sad!

pXI 16 : You must indeed have realised that what I told you of the relationships of man to his body and which depend entirely on what if have told you: in the fact that man says he has the body , his body, he has. Already to say his, is to say that he possesses it, of course, like a piece of furniture. And that this has nothing to do with anything whatsoever that allows the subject to be strictly defined. The subject is only defined in a correct way from what ensures the relationship, form what ensures that a subject is a signifier in so far as he is represented to another signifier.

Seminar XXIII : 16th June 1975

– The session given on 16th June 1975 is translated. Details given Joyce the Symptom : 16th June 1975 : Jacques Lacan or here

7) Related texts

Joyce the Symptôm (Sinthôme) I & II : 16th June 1975 : Jacques Lacan   or here  (Translations of both available)

Geneva lecture on the symptom: 4th October1975: Jacques Lacan or here

See Seminar XXIII: The Sinthome or Joyce and the Sinthome: 1975-1976: beginning on November 18th 1975 : Jacques Lacan or here for information & availability

Yale University: 24th November 1975: Conversation with Students: Jacques Lacan  or here

Yale University: 24th November 1975: ‘Kanzer Seminar’: Jacques Lacan  or here

Yale University: 24th November 1975: Law School Auditorium: Jacques Lacan  or here

Columbia University Auditorium, School of International Affairs: 1st December 1975: Jacques Lacan  or here

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, December 2, 1975: Jacques Lacan or here

Presentation at Lacan’s Seminar : 20th January 1976 (Paris) : Jacques Aubert or here

Presentation: “On James Joyce as Symptom” : 24th January 1976 (Nice) : Jacques Lacan  or here

A Lacanian Psychosis: 12th February 1976: An encounter between Gérard Primeau & Jacques Lacan  or here

Reading Notes to Jacques Lacan’s Seminar XXIII : 2005 : Jacques Aubert  or here

 

Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Earl’s Court, London

 

Other texts

Of the clinic here

Ordinary Psychosis here

Use of power here

Some Lacanian History : here

Topology : here

Lacanian Transmission : here

By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud : here

By Jacques Lacan here

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here

By Jacques Aubert here