Summary of Seminar XI, ‘The four fundamental concepts of psychoanalysis’ : July 1965 : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on July 1, 1965

‘The four fundamental concepts of psychoanalysis’ is the name of Seminar XI which Jacques Lacan gave in 1964. Seminar XI – information & publication, Seminar XI: The Four Fundamental Concepts: 1963-1964 : beginning 15th January 1964 : Jacques Lacan or here

This text originally published in the Annuaire 1965 of the École pratique des hautes études, p249-51, re-printed on the back cover of Le séminaire, Livre XI, Les quatre concepts fondamentaux de la psychanalyse : Paris, Seuil : 1973, and with minor editorial modifications in Autres Écrits : Paris, Seuil : 2001 : p187-9. [Availability given Autres Écrits: 2001 : Jacques Lacan or here]

Translated into English :

a) by Cormac Gallagher.

This translation is included within the text of a talk Cormac Gallagher presented on June 10th 1995 to an audience comprising the members of APPI, the students and graduates of the School of Psychotherapy, St. Vincent’s Hospital, and staff and students of the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, LSB College in Ireland.

Published i) Lacan’s summary of Seminar XI : 1995: The Letter, Lacanian Perspectives on Psychoanalysis : vol 5 : p1-17

ii) www.lacaninireland and available here

b) Translated by Adrian Price : p17-19 of Hurly Burly : Issue 5 March 2011

Available at  /lacan

c)  For both Cormac Gallagher’s & Adrian Price’s translations see, available here

In French :

a)  Published at École Lacanienne de Psychanalyse – Pas tout Lacan : here

Available here or Résumé du séminaire : « Les quatre concepts fondamentaux de la psychanalyse »  July 1965

b)   Autres Écrits: 2001 : Jacques Lacan  or here : p187-190

c) ‘L’Annuaire 1965 de l’École Pratique des Hautes Études’ : July 1965 : p249-251

Related material:

Seminar XI: The Four Fundamental Concepts: 1963-1964 : beginning 15th January 1964 : Jacques Lacan : availability & notes here


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