“The Symptom is the Social Link” (Jacques-Alain Miller, Conversation d’Arcachon.) : 3rd February 2012 : Omri Bichovski

by Julia Evans on February 3, 2012

Towards the NLS-Congress ‘Reading a Symptom’ in Tel Aviv, Israel on 11th & 12th June 2012 : New Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis – www.amp-nls.org

Circulated on the New Lacanian School’s Messager :

as [nls-messager] 327 – 2011/2012 VERS TEL AVIV 26 – Réflexions 11 / TOWARDS TEL AVIV 26 – Reflections 11 :

on 3rd February 2012

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Linked text : Extracts from La Conversation D’Arcachon : 1999 : Jacques-Alain Miller : Information here


The Symbolic Order in the XXI Century: Consequences for the Treatment: July 2010: Éric Laurent : Information & availability here

Reference to Jacques Lacan

a) Quote: … But they join under a different topology: that of the knot instead of Freud’s topology of the sack : Probably a reference to

Seminar XXIII : 11th May 1976 : pVI 5 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation : www.LacaninIreland.com  [This reference was found via www.Lacanonline.com : here]

Topology indicates to us that in a circle, there is a hole in the middle. And even that we start to dream about what constitutes the centre, which extends into all sorts of vocabulary-effects: the nerve centre, for example, which no one knows exactly the meaning of. The infinite straight line has as a virtue having the hole all around. It is the most simple support of the hole.

So then, what does this give us if we refer to practice? The fact is that man, not God is a trinitary compound; a trinitary compound of what we will call element.

What is an element? An element is what makes One. In other words, the unary trait. What makes One, on the one hand, and what, because of making One, initiates substitution. The characteristic of an element, is that one proceeds to a combinatorial of them. So then Real, Imaginary and Symbolic, is just as valid, after all, it seems to me, as the other triad of which, in listening to Aristotle, anyway, the gravy to compose man was made up of, namely, nous, psyche, soma. Or again: will, intelligence, affectivity.

There you are. What I am trying to introduce with this writing, is nothing less than what I will call a logic of sacks and of cords. Because obviously, there is the sack, there is the sack whose myth, as I might say, consists, consists in the sphere. But no one it seems, has sufficiently reflected on the consequences of the introduction of the cord. And that what the cord proves is that a sack is only closed by tying it. And that, in every sphere, we must indeed imagine something which, of course, is in every point of the sphere and that knots this thing into which one blows, and which knots it with a cord. 

b) Joyce the Symptom (Sinthome) : 16th June 1975 : Jacques Lacan : Information and availability here

c) Lituraterre: 12th May 1971: Jacques Lacan : Information and availability here

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