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

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

Published in French

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

Further texts

Some Lacanian history here

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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Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst in Earl’s Court, London



Further posts:

Some Lacanian history here

Of the clinic here

By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud here

By Jacques Lacan here

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here

Use of power here