Institution of the Phantasm Phantasms of the Institutions (E.C.F., Paris) : 17th October 1991 : Éric Laurent

by Julia Evans on October 17, 1991

Ceci est le texte établi d’une conférence donnée au Séminaire de la psychanalyse avec les enfants au local de l’E.C.F. à Paris le 17 octobre 1991.

Originally published as:

Institution du fantasme, fantasmes de l’institution : l’institution et le particulier, paradoxe / LAURENT Eric. Feuillets psychanalytiques du Courtil, 04/1992, n° 4. – pp. 9-20

English translation published as Le Courtil papers, October 29, 2003 : published at and

Available here

Also available at /éric laurent


The modern family’s multiplicity of forms

There is no child without institution

The discontents of the totem: Bion’s method

The failure of communal utopias, 1969: the other side of psychoanalysis

What does this mean?

A mother is essential insofar as she is an obstacle to the ideal mother

A father who doesn’t take himself for a father

The Sittlichkeit: an ethic as morality incarnated against utopia

From the paternal metaphor to the père-version

A space for residual particularity


Jacques Lacan. Les complexes familiaux. Bibliotheque des Analytica, Navarin: Paris, 1984; p. 73. : English translation, with notes : Family Complexes in the Formation of the Individual: 1938: Jacques Lacan or here

Totem and Taboo: 1912-1913 : Sigmund Freud  [You will find Freud’s paper in English with the original German text laid out in the right hand column : published by : available here ]

Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego : 1921 : Sigmund Freud   [You will find Freud’s paper in English with the original German text laid out in the right hand column : published by : available here]

Jacques Lacan. «La psychiatrie anglaise dans la guerre (1945).» La querelle des diagnostics. Navarin: Paris, 1986. English translation : British Psychiatry and the War: 1947: Jacques Lacan or here

“L’Envers de la psychanalyse” [The Other Side of Psychoanalysis], 1969 : English translation : Seminar XVII: Psychoanalysis upside down/The reverse side of psychoanalysis: 1969-1970 : from 26th November 1969: Jacques Lacan or here

Jacques Lacan. «Deux notes sur l’enfant.» in Jenny Aubray, Enfance abandonnée, Metaille: Paris, 1973. Reprinted in Ornicar?. #3; pp. 107 – 108. English translation : Note on the Child: October 1969: Jacques Lacan or here

Radiophonie: 9th April & 5th June 1970: Jacques Lacan :English translation here

Preface to ‘Jacques Lacan’ by Anika Lemaire : 25th December 1969 : Jacques Lacan : English translation here

Notes on the Child – see above

Television : English translation : Television: 1974: Jacques Lacan or here

Jacques Lacan’s Schema I is given in On a question preliminary to any possible treatment of psychosis : 1955-1956 : two most important parts of Seminar III : Jacques Lacan or here

Jacques Lacan. Les complexes familiaux; p. 111. English here

I have left the French word for father, père, in place in this case because Lacan is playing on the relation between father-version and perversion. I am hoping that it will not be too much of a leap for Anglo-phone readers to go from «pater» to «père» in the interest of accessing some of the richness in Lacan’s use of language. [trans. note].

Jacques Lacan. «R.S.I., lecon du 21 janvier 1975.» Ornicar? #3; pp. 107 – 108. English translation Seminar XXII: R. S. I. 1974-1975 or here : session of 21st January 1975

Notes on the Child – see above

Habermas. Theorie de l’agir communicationnel, 2 vols. Fayard: Paris, 1987.

Jacques Lacan. «L’Étourdit.» Scilicet IV; pp. 5 – 52. English translation: L’Étourdit: 1972: Jacques Lacan or here

Jacques Lacan’s interview given to L’Express : English translation : Interview with Jacques Lacan by Madeleine Chapsal : 31st May 1957 or here


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Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Earl’s Court, London


Further texts:

By Éric Laurent here

By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud : here

By Jacques Lacan here

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here

Of the clinic here

Ethics here

Lacanian Transmission : here

Topology : here

From LW working groups : here

Organisational here

Groups & cartels here h

Some Lacanian history here

Use of power here

By Julia Evans here  or here