The Logic of the Scansion or Why a Session can be Short : 2000 : Pierre Skriabine

by Julia Evans on January 1, 2000

This text was published in La Cause Freudienne No 46, Paris,2000

Published in Psychoanalytical Notebooks, Vol 10 – Formation of the Analyst, June 2003, p131-138

Translated by Adrian Price

Available here


The status of the unconscious is ethical

Logical Time

Scansion and Act

A Scansion

References as given in the footnotes

  1. P131 of text : Seminar XI : 22ndApril 1964 : Seminar XI: The Four Fundamental Concepts: 1963-1964 : beginning 15th January 1964 : Jacques Lacan: For notes and availability see here : p147 of Alan Sheridan’s translation
  1. P131 : Seminar XX : 8thMay 1973 : Seminar XX: Encore: 1972 – 1973: from 21st November 1972 : Jacques Lacan For notes and availability see  here : p104-105 of Bruce Fink’s translation : pXI 2 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation, quote ‘The unconscious – I begin with my difficult formulae that I suppose must be so – the unconscious, everything that I will develop today to make it more accessible to you, but here I am giving here my formulae – the unconscious is not that being thinks,as I nevertheless implied by what is said about in in traditional science. The unconscious is – after having said what it is not, I am saying what it is – is that being in speaking – when it is a being that speaks – is that being in speaking, enjoysand, I add, wants to know nothing more about it.I add that that means to know nothing at all.
  2. & further down pXI 2 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation is ‘Everything indicates – this is the meaning of the unconscious – not simply that man already knows everything that he has to know, but that this knowledge is completely limited to this insufficient enjoyment constituted by the fact that he speaks.’
  3. P131 : Seminar XI : 29thJanuary 1964 : op. cit. : p. 34 of Alan Sheridan’s translation, where Sheridan renders moires by ‘veils’, [TN].
  4. P132 : Seminar XI : 29thJanuary 1964 : Ibid., p. 40 of Alan Sheridan’s translation
  5. P133 : Seminar XI : 29thJanuary 1964 : Ibid., p. 37 of Alan Sheridan’s translation
  6. P133 : Seminar XI : 29thJanuary 1964 :  Ibid., p. 40 of Alan Sheridan’s translation.
  7. P134 : Seminar XI : 22ndJanuary 1964 :  Ibid., p. 23 of Alan Sheridan’s translation

P134  Logical Time and the Assertion of Anticipated Certainty: A New Sophism : March 1945 : Jacques Lacan : Notes & availability here

  1. P134 : Seminar XI : 29thJanuary 1964 : Ibid., p. 32 of Alan Sheridan’s translation, where Sheridan translates une récupration leurrée as “an ‘absorption’ fraught with false trails” [TN].
  2. P134 : Television: 31st January 1974 : Jacques Lacan: Availability and notes here  : p. 46 of the translation by Denis Hollier, Rosalind Krauss, and Annette Michelson, entreprèt, here being a play on the French interprète, ‘interpreter’ [TN].
  3. P135 : Seminar XI : 5thFebruary 1964 : op. cit.:p.50 of Alan Sheridan’s translation


Julia Evans


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