Introduction to the Names-of-the-Father Seminar : 20th November 1963 (Paris) : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on November 20, 1963

Jacques Lacan’s opening remarks on 20th November 1963:

I don’t intend to engage in anything in the order of a theatrical ploy. I shall not wait until the end of this seminar to tell you that this will be the last that I shall conduct.

For some, apprised of things that have been occurring, that will not be a surprise. It is for the others, out of respect for their presence, that I am making this declaration.

I request that absolute silence be maintained during the session.

Up until sometime quite late last night, when a certain bit of news was delivered to me, (Footnote: On the night of November 19, 1963, Serge Leclaire informed Lacan that the S. F. P. had voted, in a complicated procedure, to refuse not to ratify the motion striking Lacan’s name from the list of training analysts.) it was my belief that I would be giving you this year what I have been dispensing for ten years now. My seminar for today was prepared with the same care as I have always devoted to it, every week, for the last ten years. I don’t think I can do any better than offer it to you as it is, with my apologies for the fact that it will have no sequel.

Introduction to the Names-of-the-Father Seminar : 20th November 1963

Translated into English

a) Edited by Jacques-Alain Miller, translated by Jeffrey Mehlman, Published in October, vol 40, p81-95 :  Available from /lacan

b) Reprinted in Joan Copjec (ed.), Television/A challenge to the Psychoanalytic Establishment, New York NY, W.W. Norton & Company, p81-95 : See  here

Available at /lacan

c) P53-90 of On the Names-of-the-Father : Jacques Lacan : translated by Bruce Fink , Polity Press 2013 : Contact Julia Evans for a copy

d) Published at /Lacan (7. Lacan’s November 20 1963 Introduction to the Names-of-the-Father (3 translations))

Index of text published at  /Lacan

-A Brief Note on Lacan’s Presentation on the ‘Names-of-the-Father’ on the establishment of its text and its translation : 7th March 2022 (Miami, Florida, USA) : Mario L. Beira

-Introduction to the Names-of-the-Father Seminar by Jacques Lacan : Jacques-Alain Miller’s edited text (2005), with 3 translations: Jeffrey Mehlmann  (1987), Bruce Fink (2013)  Mario Beira (February 2022)

-Bilingual Seminar XI : 15th January 1964, edited by Jacques-Alain Miller, p1-12  of Alan Sheridan’s translation. See Seminar XI: The Four Fundamental Concepts: 1963-1964 : beginning 15th January 1964 : Jacques Lacan or here


There are gaps and extra lines (in blue) in Jeffrey Mehlmann’s translation ( which were not in Jacques-Alain Miller’s 2005 French text. This might indicate that Jeffrey Mehlman was using the 1985 text (see below) rather than the one Jacques-Alain Miller publishes in 2005. Further exploration of this point :  Comment on how Jacques Lacan’s texts grow or shrink over time! : 11th March 2022 : Julia Evans by Julia Evans on 11th March 2022  here

Published in French

Séminaire du 20 novembre 1963, in Bulletin de l’Association freudienne, 1985, vol 12, p3-5; vol 13 p3-6

Des Noms-du-Père – Jacques Lacan, Éditions du Seuil, 2005


Dossier on the Institutional Debate, An Introduction : 1990 : Joan Copjec or here

The Name-of-the-Father: Psychoanalysis and Democracy : 2003 : Éric Laurent or here

How to recompose the Name-of-the Father : 2004 : Éric Laurent or here

Paternity …. Fatherhood by Julia Evans on 10th October 2005 or here

Three names in the inexistent seminar : 2006: Gil Caroz  or here


p90 of Jeffrey Mehlman’s translation, October, is quoted in Notes on Seminar VII: 18th November 1959 from page 7 to 15  by Julia Evans on 6th October 2012 or  here for Freud’s phrase of ‘Wo ist war, soll Ich werden’  p89, from Television, a challenge….’ Is quoted for the definition of jouissance in the same notes.

Further texts

Some Lacanian history

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

Television: A Challenge to the Psychoanalytic Establishment : 1990 : Joan Copjec (Editor) or here

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


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