On a question preliminary to any possible treatment of psychosis : December 1955-January 1956 [1958] : two most important parts of Seminar III : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on December 1, 1955

This is dated December 1955 to January 1956  at the end of the text.


a) p179-225, Chapter Six of Écrits: A Selection, translated by Alan Sheridan, published by Tavistock/Routledge, 1977.

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Commentaries by Alan Sheridan & Jacques-Alain Miller

Translator’s note, Bibliography Note : 1977 : Alan Sheridan & Classified index of the major concepts, Commentary on the graphs : 1966 : Jacques-Alain Miller : from ‘Écrits: a selection’ or here

b) p445-488 of ‘Jacques Lacan: Écrits:The first complete edition in English’, translated by Bruce Fink, published by W. W, Norton & Company, 2006.

c) (1958b), D’une question préliminaire à tout traitement possible de la psychose : La Psychanalyse : Vol 4: pl- 50.

d) Jacques Lacan :  “Question préliminaire à tout traitement possible de la psychose”, Ecrits, Seuil, 1966, p. 549

Quote from the introduction to this text in the Alan Sheridan translation, op. cit.:

This article contains the most important parts of the seminar given during the first two terms of the academic year 1955-1956, at the École Normale Supérieure. It first appeared in ‘La Psychanalyse’, Vol 4. [end quote]


John P. Muller & William J. Richardson: A Reader’s Guide to Écrits: Published by International Universities Press, NY, USA: 1982:

A Reader’s Guide to Écrits: Ch 6: On a Question Preliminary to Any Possible Treatment of Psychosis:

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Further information A Reader’s Guide to Écrits: 1982: John P. Muller and William J. Richardson or here

Linked Reading:

Seminar III: The Psychoses: 1955-1956: from 16th November 1955: Jacques Lacan or here

Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here

Autres Écrits: 2001 : Jacques Lacan or here

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