The Ethics of Psychoanalysis, Today : 1999 : Éric Laurent

by Julia Evans on January 1, 1999

First published in Cahier No 13, ACF/VLB, Rennes, Autumn 1999

Translated by Richard Klein


Psychoanalytical Notebooks : Issue 8 : 2002 : p91-106

On the London Society of the New Lacanian School’s web-site here

Available here


The symptom and the opposition between love and symptom

The politics of guilt and love of the truth

Love and feminine identification

References to Sigmund Freud or Jacques Lacan

P91 : Seminar VII: The ethics of psychoanalysis: 1959-1960: Jacques Lacan : See here

P91: Conference Report, SIR : Inaugural meeting of SFP, Paris : 8th July 1953 : Jacques Lacan : See here

P93 : Seminar XVII: Psychoanalysis upside down/The reverse side of psychoanalysis: 1969-1970 : from 26th November 1969: Jacques Lacan : See here

P94 : ‘Wo es war, soll ich werden’ : Final paragraph of Lecture XXXI: Dissection of the personality: 1932 : Sigmund Freud

P95 : Chapter VII of Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego : 1921 : Sigmund Freud : SEXVIII p69-143

P96 : Fragment of an analysis of a case of hysteria (‘Dora’): 1901 : Sigmund Freud

P97 : Introduction to the Names-of-the-Father Seminar : 20th November 1963: Jacques Lacan : See here

P97 : See Seminar XI: The Four Fundamental Concepts: 1963-1964 : beginning 15th January 1964 : Jacques Lacan or here

Quote: “If you will allow me to add some irony in the matter, the unconscious is on the side strictly opposite to love which is, as everyone knows, always unique, for which the formula one lost, ten more found again achieves its most fitting application”

P25 of Alan Sheridan’s translation : Seminar XI 22nd January 1964 : Now, as soon as it is presented, this discovery becomes a rediscovery and, furthermore, it is always ready to again, thus establishing the dimension of loss.

To resort to a metaphor, drawn from mythology, we have, in Eurydice twice lost, the most potent image we can find of the relation between Orpheus the analyst and the unconscious.
In this respect, if you will allow me to add a touch of irony, the unconscious finds itself, strictly speaking, on the opposite side to love, which, as everyone knows, is always unique; the expression ‘one lost, ten to be found again’ finds its best application here.

Discontinuity, then, is the essential form in which the unconscious first appears to us as a phenomenon—discontinuity, in which something is manifested as a vacillation. Now, if this discontinuity has this absolute, inaugural character, in the development of Freud’s discovery, must we place it—as was later the tendency with analysts—against the background of a totality?

P98 : The-Names-of-the-Father : See above

P102 : Seminar XVII : see above

Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Earl’s Court, London

Other texts

Ethics here

Of the clinic here

Lacanian Transmission  here

Some Lacanian History here

From other LW working groups : here

Topology here

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