Of Structure as an Inmixing of an Otherness prerequisite to Any Subject Whatever : 21st October 1966 (Baltimore, USA) : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on October 21, 1966

This is Jacques Lacan’s contribution to an international symposium entitled “The Languages of Criticism and the Sciences of Man,”. The sessions were convened under the auspices of the Johns Hopkins Humanities Center, in Baltimore (USA), during the week of October 18-21, 1966.

A comment on this text : There is a quite precise commentary around Lacan’s maxim “the unconscious is structured like/as a language”, and some obscure statements about méconnaissance that I found interesting.

Further comment :  I believe it was here with the ‘Enjoy Coca Cola’, that Lacan emphasised the push-to-enjoyment of modern capitalism.


Publication & Availability

Information on the Baltimore conference

Jacques Lacan – the presenter (as published in 1970)


Further use of Inmixing

Publication & Availability

Available as follows:

Full text with discussion including all Lacan’s contributions available at www.LacanianWorksExchange.net /Lacan

Text, without the subsequent discussion, is available here, published by École lacanienne de la psychanalyse.  :

Also available here


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Information on the Baltimore conference

– All the contributions are published in:

‘The Languages of Criticism and the Sciences of Man: the Structuralist Controversy’

edited by Richard Macksey and Eugenio Donato:

The Johns Hopkins Press Baltimore and London: 1970.

The index which shows the contributors and their titles is shown in : ‘The Languages of Criticism and the Sciences of Man : the Structuralist Controversy’ : 18th to 21st October 1966 (Baltimore, USA) : Richard Macksey & Eugenio Donato (Eds) : The Johns Hopkins Press Baltimore and London: 1970

Information here

– Other interventions by Jacques Lacan

Literary Invention :18th October 1966: Charles Morazé & Discussion by Jacques Lacan or here

Structure: Human Reality and Methodological Concept :18th October 1966: Lucien Goldman with Comments by Jacques Lacan or here

Presenter Jacques Lacan as published in 1970

Jacques Lacan :, the founder of l’École Freudienne de Paris (EFP), is one of the most seminal and controversial figures in contemporary French intellectual life. During his visit to Baltimore, he also lectured at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital.

In 1970, his publications are given as

‘De la psychose paranoiaque dans ses rapports avec la personnalité’, Paris: Le François, 1932 :

See  ‘The Case of Aimée, or Self-punitive Paranoia’: Jacques Lacan: 1932 or here for some translations.

‘Écrits’, Paris: Éditions du Seuil, 1966 :

For translations see Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here

‘The Language of the Self: The Function of Language in Psychoanalysis’, translated by Anthony Wilden, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1968 :

For availability see ‘The Language of the Self – The function of language in Psychoanalysis by Jacques Lacan’ : 1968 : Anthony Wilden or here


A work in progress report of ‘Trauma and Urgency’ cartel, 2018–2019 by Julia Evans on 17th July 2019 or here

The word inmixing

Jacques Lacan uses inmixing in Seminar III

Seminar III : 11thApril 1956 : See Seminar III: The Psychoses: 1955-1956: from 16th November 1955: Jacques Lacan or here : p193 of Russell Grigg’s translation :

What we have encountered in this symptomatology always implies what I indicated to you last year in relation to the dream of Irma’s injection – the inmixing [Footnote 5] of subjects.

It’s characteristic of the intersubjective dimension that you have a subject in the real capable of using the signifier as such, that is, to speak, not so as to inform you, but precisely so as to lure you. This possibility is what is distinctive about the existence of the signifier. But this isn’t all. As soon as there is a subject and use of the signifier, use of the between-I [l’entre-je] is possible, that is to say, of the interposed subject. This inmixing of subjects is one of the most obvious elements in the dream of Irma’s injection. Recall the three practitioners called in one by one by Freud, who wants to know what it is that’s in Irma’s throat. And these three farcical characters operate, defend theses, talk only nonsense. They are the between-I’s, who play an essential role here.

Footnote 5 : “immixtion;” term used by Damourette and Pichon for the semantically different ways the subject’s participation in an event or action can be described by a verb alone or by one of the verbs “faire,” “voir,” or “laisser” plus an infinitive: e.g., “operer,” “faire operer,” “voir operer,” and “laisser operer.” See Essai de grammaire de la langue francoise 5:791-817.



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Julia Evans 

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Earl’s Court, London


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