True Psychoanalysis, and False : June 1958 : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on June 1, 1958

This is the argument as presented by Jacques Lacan at the Fourth International Congress of Psychotherapy Congress, held in Barcelona, on 1st to 7th September 1958. This congress was dedicated to the topic of “Psychotherapy and Existential Analysis”. The publishers of the ‘Acts of the Congress’ censored this paper by refusing to publish it.  Jacques Lacan wrote this in June 1958.


1) Spanish, Freudiana, 1992, Issue 4/5, p11-21,

2) French, l’Âne, 1992 Issue 51, p24-27,

3) Collected in Lacan J., Autres Écrits, Seuil, Paris, 2001, p165-74. See Autres Écrits: 2001 : Jacques Lacan or here for availability of English translations.

4) La psychanalyse vraie et la fausse : Published in French by École Lacanienne de la Psychanalyse (pastoutLacan), and available

5) Translated into English by Beatrice Khiara-Foxton & Adrian Price

Published in Hurly Burly,  Issue 11, May 2014, p15-26

Available at   /lacan


Translated by Duane Rousselle & Adrian Price

See Richard G. Klein’s site,, available here

Reference to Sigmund Freud

Totem and Taboo: 1912-1913 : Sigmund Freud : SE XIII : published by : available here


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