Seminar XVI: From an Other to the other: 1968-1969: begins 13th November 1968: Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on November 13, 1968

Note: There is a discrepancy in where the capital letter is put in the title between Cormac Gallagher’s translation and the published French version. The version given by Cormac Gallagher makes more sense to me and is used in this title.

Translated by Cormac Gallagher:

Published :

Available here


The Ordinary Topology of Jacques Lacan: 1986: Jeanne Lafont

Session dates and references.

Note : All sessions took place on a Wednesday:


1 : 13th November 1968

2 : 20th November 1968

3. 27th November 1968

4. 4th December 1968

5. 11th December 1968


6. 8th January 1968

7. 15th January 1969

8. 22nd January 1969

9. 29th January 1969

10. 5th February 1969

11. 12th February 1969

12. 26th February 1969

13. 5th March 1969

14. 12th March 1969

15. 19th March 1969

16. Seminar XVI: 26th March 1969

The Ordinary Topology of Jacques Lacan: 1986: Jeanne Lafont

17. 23rd April 1969

18. 30th April 1969

19. 7th May 1969

20. 14th May 1969

21. 21st May 1969

22. 4th June 1969

23. 18th June 1969

24. 25th June 1969

Published in French:

Le Séminaire XVI : D’un autre à l’Autre : Jacques Lacan : Edited by Jacques-Alain Miller : Seuil : January 28, 2006


In Argument – Part 2, 50th Study Days of the École de la Cause Freudienne, Attentat Sexuelle – Sexual Assault by Éric Zuliani,    28th May 2020

Available here or here

Quote: The contemporary questions of feminist movements – including #metoo- on the violence towards women and the denunciation of a “rape culture” for example, are addressed to men and remain to be explored. The Lacanian orientation can become its addressee. In 1969 Lacan gives an indication which can guide us : (See in bold) Seminar XVI : 5th March 1969 : pXIII 11-12 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation :

This position in logical unveiling starts from an experience whose correlation is perfectly tangible at every level of analytic experience. I mean that it is always from a beyond of enjoyment as an absolute that all the articulated determinations of what is involved in desire logically find their correct place. This reaches a degree of consistency in the statements that refutes all the out-of-datedness linked to the randomness of origins.  It is not because the hysterics were there at the start through an historical accident that the whole affair was able to take its place. It is because they were at the right point where the incidence of a word could highlight this hollow which is the consequence of the fact that enjoyment plays here the function of being outside the limits of the game. It is because as Freud says, the enigma of what a woman wants is there, which is an altogether displaced way of pinpointing what is involved, on this occasion, about her place, which takes on its value from what a man wants. That the whole theory of analysis, as is sometimes said, has developed along an androcentric channel, is certainly not the fault of men, as is believed. It is not because they are (169) dominant, I particular, it is because they have lost their way and that from then on, it is only women, and especially hysterical women who understand something about it.


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Autres Écrits: 2001 : Jacques Lacan or here