Letter to Rudolf Loewenstein : 14th July 1953 : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on July 14, 1953

Rudolf Loewenstein, who was Lacan’s training analyst from 1932 to 1938, was also the analyst of the two other principles referred to in this letter, Sacha Nacht and Daniel Lagache. Born in Poland, Loewenstein would emigrate to New York during the War, where he would be a principal proponent of ego psychology.

Daniel Lagache, a psychoanalyst and Sorbonne professor, was a proponent of integrating psychoanalysis into a general theory of psychology. He saw in the University the institutional ethos best suited for guiding the organization of the practice of psychoanalysis.

Translation and notes by Jeffrey Mehlman

p53 to 68 of ‘Jacques Lacan, Television & A challenge to the Psychoanalytic Establishment’ : Edited by Joan Copjec : W. W. Norton & Company : 1991. : See here  for information on this book.

This letter available to download at www.LacanianWorksExchange.net  /lacan – July 1953

Most of the documents in this collection were previously published, along with others, as supplements to Ornicar?, the journal of the Champ freudien: La scission de 1953 appeared in October 1976 as supplement to no. 7 and ‘L’excommunication’ in January 1977 as supplement to no 8.

Related texts:

Conference Report, SIR : Inaugural meeting of SFP, Paris : 8th July 1953 : Jacques Lacan or here

Minutes of the meeting of the International Psychoanalytical Association : 30th July 1953 : Dr Heinz Hartmann (IPA President & Chairman of the Meeting) or here

By Rudolph Loewenstein : here

Sacha Nacht & Jacques Lacan :

From Wikipedia : Société Française de Psychanalyse : Despite wishing himself to avoid a split, Lacan was drawn into the dissident movement led by Daniel Lagache, as a result of his own separate dispute with the president Sacha Nacht over his practice of “short sessions”.

La psychanalyse d’aujourd’hui : 1956 : under the direction of Sacha Nacht is criticised by Jacques Lacan in Seminar IV : 21st November 1956 & also The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of its Power:10th-13th July 1958 : Jacques Lacan.

See The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of its Power:10th-13th July 1958 : Jacques Lacan or here 

& Seminar IV : Relation to an Object 1956-1957 : from 21st November 1956 : Jacques Lacan or here  for further information.

Texts by Jacques Lacan  here

Some Lacanian history  here


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Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Sandwich in Kent & London


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Lacanian Transmission here

Some Lacanian history  here

Topology  here

Of the clinic  here

By Rudolph Loewenstein   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

By Julia Evans   here