From an Other to the other, Book XVI

Author(s) : Jacques Lacan

From an Other to the other, Book XVI

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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Published : October 2023
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 400
  • Category :
    Lacanian Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 97353
  • ISBN 13 : 9781509510054
  • ISBN 10 : 1509510052
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Sollers once wrote that, to him, Claudel was first and foremost the man who wrote, “Paradise is around us at this very moment, all its forests attentive like a great orchestra that invisibly adores and implores. The whole invention of the Universe with its notes falling vertiginously one by one into the abyss where the wonders of our dimensions are written.”

Well, Lacan is, to me, the one who says in this Seminar, “We are all familiar with hell, it is everyday life.”

Is that the same thing? No, I don't think so. Here there is no adoration, no invisible orchestra, no vertigo or wonders. Let us begin by the end: Lacan “evacuated” from the rue d’Ulm along with his audience, not without resistance or an uproar. The episode was in all the papers. What had he done to deserve such a fate? He had spoken not only to psychoanalysts, but also to young people who were still fired up by the events of May 1968, who nevertheless accepted him as a master of discourse at the same time as they dreamt of subverting the university system. What did he tell them? That “Revolution” means returning to the same place. That knowledge now imposes its law on power and has become uncontrollable. That thought is censorship itself. He spoke to them about Marx, but also about Pascal's wager—which became in his hands a new version of the master/slave dialectic—not to mention the foundations of set theory. He moved on to a discussion of perversion, and models of hysteria and obsession. All of that is connected, scintillates, and captivates.

Between the lines, the dialogue between Lacan and himself continues regarding the subject of jouissance and the relationship between jouissance and speech and language.

Table of Contents

Translator’s Note

I. From Surplus Value to Surplus Jouissance

The Inconsistency of the Other
II. The Knowledge Market and Truth (on) Strike
III. Topology of the Other
IV. Facts and What is Said
V. “I Am What I Is”
VI. Toward a Practice of Logic in Psychoanalysis

On Pascal’s Wager
VII. Introduction to Pascal’s Wager
VIII. The One and Little a
IX. From Fibonacci to Pascal
X. The Three Matrices
XI. Truth’s Retardation and the Administration of Knowledge

Jouissance: Its Field
XII. “The Freud Event”
XIII. On Jouissance Posited as an Absolute
XIV. The Two Sides of Sublimation
XV. High Fever
XVI. Structures of Perversion

Jouissance: Its Real
XVII. Thought (as) Censorship
XVIII. Inside Outside
XIX. Knowledge and Power
XX. Knowledge and Jouissance
XXI. Responses to Aporias

Jouissance: Its Logic
XXII. Paradoxes of Psychoanalytic Action
XXIII. How to Generate Surplus Jouissance Logically
XXIV. On the One-Extra

XXV. The Ravishing Ignominy of the Hommelle

Fibonacci as Used by Lacan, by Luc Miller
Reader’s Guide, by Jacques-Alain Miller
Dossier on the Evacuation

About the Author(s)

Jacques Lacan (1901-1981) came to psychoanalysis by way of medicine and psychiatry. In 1951 he turned his attention to the training of analysts, and this was one of the issues which led him and his circle to part company with the Société Psychanalytique de Paris. He became, in 1953, the first President of a new group, the Société Française de Psychanalyse, whose declared aim was a return to the true teaching of Freud. Eleven years later the Société Française was dissolved and, under Lacan's direction, gave birth to the École Freudienne de Paris. Jacques Lacan was a practising psychoanalyst and teacher up until his death in 1981.

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