Letter of dissolution : 5th January 1980 : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on January 5, 1980

In a note to The ‘TRUTH’ of Kant’s moral law : Fantasy and the Limits of Enjoyment by Jean-Louis Gault  on 1st October 2003 or here  written in 2011, Julia Evans states

Note: This greeting – “To those who still love me” – is omitted from the text.  

Jean-Louis Gault states that he received this letter in 1980, so this letter opened with ‘To those who still love me’.

However the following also includes this quote :.

It is the School of my students, those who still love me. I open its doors to them. I say to the thousand: ‘This is worth the risk. It is the only solution possible – and decent.’” Jacques Lacan in a letter dated 26th January 1981.

From Dynasty by Sherry Turkle, (a review of Jacques Lacan and Co: A History of Psychoanalysis in France, 1925-1985 by Elisabeth Roudinesco, translated by Jeffrey Mehlman. Free Association (December 1990)), London Review of Books  Vol. 12 No. 23 · 6 December 1990.  https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v12/n23/sherry-turkle/dynasty

Jacques Lacan may have repeated this affirmation in January 1981 – a year later.

In English :

a)  Lacan’s letter  (1980) : translated by Oscar Zentner : Papers of the Freudian School of Melbourne : vol 1 : p 2-5 : 1980

b) Letter of Dissolution (1980) : translated by Jeffrey Mehlman : October vol 40 : 1987 : p128-130

Reprinted in Joan Copjec (ed) : 1990 : Television/A challenge to the Psychoanalytic Establishment : New York NY : W. W. Norton and Company. : here

Available  www.LacanianWorksExchange.net   /lacan

c) Translations a) & b) & by Encyclopedia of Lacanian Analysis at Richard G. Klein’s website, www.Freud2Lacan.com, available here

In French :

a) Lettre de dissolution : Ornicar ? : 1980 : vol 20/21 : p9-10

b) P317-322 of Autres Écrits: 2001 : Jacques Lacan  : Index here : ‘Lettre de dissolution’

c) École de Psychanalyse – Pas tout Lacan here  : available here or Lettre de dissolution

Related texts :

Dissolution! Lumière! (Light) : 15th April 1980 : Jacques Lacan or here

Dissolution! The Misunderstanding or Mis-Heard : Paris, 10th June 1980 : Jacques Lacan  or here

Further texts

Jacques Lacan  here

Some Lacanian history  here

Dossier on the Institutional Debate, An Introduction : 1990 : Joan Copjec or here


  Note : If links to any required text do not work, check www.LacanianWorksExchange.net. If a particular text or book is missing, contact Julia Evans.


Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Sandwich in Kent & London


Further posts:

Dossier on the Institutional Debate, An Introduction : 1990 : Joan Copjec or here

Lacanian Transmission here

Some Lacanian history here

Of the clinic here

Topology here

By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud here

By Jacques Lacan here

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here

Jacques Lacan in English or here

Translation Working Group here

Use of power here

By Julia Evans here