Address on Child Psychosis (Maison de la Chimie, à Paris ) : 22nd October 1967 : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on October 22, 1967

translated by Adrian Price & Beatrice Khiara-Foxton : Published in Hurly-Burly, Issue 8, October 2012, p269-277

This text, also known as ‘Concluding Remarks to the Study Day on Child Psychosis’ also includes Jacques Lacan’s ‘Note on these Concluding Remarks’ of 26th September 1968

Translation available  /lacan

Further references are available at the end of this note.


See Richard G Klein’s webite,, available here. This includes two translations : the one above & by Anthony Chadwick and Richard G. Klein. Notes by Richard G. Klein

Published in French

As ‘Discours de clôture des journées sur les psychoses’ : 22nd October 1967 (Paris)

1) at École Lacanienne de Psychanalyse – Pas tout Lacan : Available 1967-10-22 : Discours de clôture des Journées sur les psychoses chez l’enfant (7 p.) or here   As ‘Allocution sur les psychoses de l’enfant’ :

2) As Allocution sur les psychoses de l’enfant. :  p361 – 372 of Autres Écrits: 2001 : Jacques Lacan : Availability given here

Citation of this text

Relieve Anxiety? : December 2003 : Éric Laurent or here

Further references to Address on Child Psychosis (Maison de la Chimie, à Paris ) : 22nd October 1967 : these notes are incomplete

To start off from this object which has been so well-centred, I should like to get you to sense its unity by repeating a few sentences I uttered some twenty years ago now in a meeting hosted by our friend Henri Ey [See [i]] who was, as you know, what we call a “civiliser”
 in the field of French psychiatry. He posed the question of what mental illness is about in a way that may be said at the very least to have awoken the body of French psychiatrists to the more serious question of what this body stood for.

In order to lead everything back to its most rightful conclusion, I had to take issue with the organo-dynamism [See [ii]] that Ey [See [iii]] was promoting. So it was that, on man in his Being, I expressed myself in the following terms [See [iv]]:

‘Rather than resulting from a contingent fact – the frailties of his organism madness is the permanent virtuality of a gap opened up in his essence.

And far from being “an insult” to freedom [as Ey states], madness is freedom’s most faithful companion, following its every move like a shadow.

[i] Additional notes : This refers to a psychiatric conference held in Bonneval. Jacques Lacan’s presentation was published in [Évolution Psychiatrique XII, ] (1947): p123 to 165, and in] a volume entitled ‘Le Problème de la psychogenèse des névroses et des psychoses’ ((“The Problem of the Psychogenesis of the Neuroses and Psychoses”), by Lucien Bonnafé, Henri Ey, Sven Follin, Jacques Lacan, and Julien Rouart (Paris: Desclée de Brouwer, 1950), p23 to 54

[ii] The first section of ‘Presentation on Psychical Causality : 28th September 1946’ (p123 of Bruce Fink’s translation) is titled ‘1. Critique of an Organicist Theory of madness, Henri Ey’s Organo-Dynamism’

[iii] From Bruce Fink’s translation of the footnotes (p157 – see Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here  for availability) : One can read the most recent exposition available of Henri Ey’s viewpints in the brochure that contains the presentation made by J. de Ajuriaguerra and H. Hécaen at the conference held in Bonneval in 1943 (that is, the conference just before this one). Ey added an introduction and a long response of his own to their presentation, which included a critique of his doctrine. See ‘Rapports de la Neurologie et de la Psychiatrie, H.Ey, J. de Ajuriaguerra, and H. Hécaen (Paris: Hermann, 1947), issue number 1018 of the well-known collection “Actualités scientifiques et industrielles”. Some of the quotations that follow in the text “Presentation on Psychical Causality : 28th September 1946 are borrowed from them.

[iv] Additional notes: This refers to Presentation on Psychical Causality : 28th September 1946 : Jacques Lacan, p144 of Bruce Fink’s translation – see Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here  for the full reference


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