Intervention to the first World Congress of Psychiatry (Sorbonne, Paris) : 26th September 1950 : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on September 26, 1950

This is JE’s literal translation of ‘Intervention au 1re Congrès mondial de psychiatrie, Grand amphithéâtre de la Sorbonne’

Delivered on 26th September 1950 in the Grand Amphitheatre, Sorbonne University, Paris, during the plenary session “Evolution and present tendencies of psychoanalysis”

Translated by Elsa Koc, Edited by Anthony Chadwick

Published by with an introduction describing its context, (Henri Ey was one of the organisers) available here.  

Originally published in Autres écrits pages 127‐130 : Information and notes see Autres Écrits: 2001 : Jacques Lacan or here   

Cited by Jacques Lacan

p5 of Elsa Koc in Seminar XI : 13th May 1964 : p174 of Alan Sheridan’s translation.  Here is the quote:

When I read in the Psychoanalytic Quarterly an article like the one by Mr Edward Glover, entitled Freudian or Neo-Freudian, directed entirely against the constructions of Mr Alexander, I sense a sordid smell of stuffiness, at the sight of a construction like that of Mr Alexander being counter-attacked in the name of obsolete criteria. Good Heavens, I did not hesitate to attack it myself in the most categorical way fourteen years ago, at the 1950 Congress of Psychiatry, but, it is the construction of a man of great talent and when I see at what level this construction is discussed, I can pay myself the complement that through all the misadventures that my discourse encounters, here and certainly elsewhere, one can say that this discourse provides an obstacle to the experience of analysis being served up to you in a completely cretinous way.

At this point, I will resume my discourse …

See Seminar XI: The Four Fundamental Concepts: 1963-1964 : beginning 15th January 1964 : Jacques Lacan or here  

The Glover paper : Freudian or Neofreudian? : 1964 : Edward Glover or here    

The Karl Abraham’s paper is probably A Short Study of the Development of the Libido, Viewed in the Light of Mental Disorders : 1924 : Karl Abraham or here  Other texts by Karl Abrahams : Available here


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