▪ Chronicle of Éric Laurent ▪ Research and Punish : Ethics Today LQ 199 : 18th April 2012

by Julia Evans on April 18, 2012

Circulated in French

by New Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis : http://www.amp-nls.org/Messager

as [nls-messager] 433 – 2011/2012 LACAN QUOTIDIEN N°199

on 19th April 2012

Title : Lacan Quotidien n°199 – La Chronique d’Eric Laurent : Rechercher et punir : l’éthique aujourd’hui

Published in French at www.lacanquotidien.fr : Available here

Circulated in English,

Translated by Florencia Fernandez Coria Shanahan

on New Lacanian School Messager (www.amp-nls.org/Publications/Messager) :

as [nls-messager] 465- 2011/2012 LQ Translations – a selection from Lacan Quotidien – 199 :

on 29 May 2012 at 09:06:08 BST :

Available at www.LacanianWorksExchange.net  /éric laurent or authors by date  

Final paragraph:

Psychoanalysis is a critical discipline that helps to keep alive an ethical distance from wishes that seek to make bothersome symptoms conform at any cost. On 16 April, an account in the British newspaper The Guardian* made this tangible for us. The author, Henry Bond, English artist and writer, who had his heyday in the nineties with the YBA movement (Young British Artists), alongside Damien Hirst and others, presents himself as an Autistic Asperger and a Lacanian. Indeed, he has a Masters in Psychoanalysis from Middlesex Polytechnic, under the direction of Bernard Burgoyne, and has published books with forewords by Darian Leader and Slavoj Zizek, such as Lacan on the Scene, published by MIT Press in 2009. He speaks of his psychoanalysis and his sessions of CBT. CBT, administered within the framework of the NHS, taught him to improve his “social skills”. He learned to develop strategies to cope with his “social bluntness”. On the other hand, he learned in his analysis that he is “spoken by the real, possessed by language”. He attributes this quote to Lacan. This is a dimension of existence that seems to be precious to him and to which he has access through his autism. Like other high-functioning autistics, he fears that if a genetic cause for autism is found, they will try to eradicate it, like with Down syndrome. He thinks however that it will take another 50 years before this discovery is made and that, until then, Lacanian psychoanalysis will help to keep open the ethical issues raised by autism. He fully adheres to the remark made by a speaker at a recent autism conference: “No one wants to be loved for being ‘normal’ – everyone wants to be loved for whatever is unique to them”.


What autism can teach us about psychoanalysis : 16th April 2012 : by Henry Bond : www.theguardian.com : Available her

Other texts

By Éric Laurent here

Comments on the World Association of Psychoanalysis’s congress’s theme are available here


Which include :

The 2012 Congress’s theme:

The Symbolic Order in the XXI Century: Consequences for the Treatment : 9th July 2010: Éric Laurent or here


The real in the XXI st century: 27th April 2012: Jacques-Alain Miller

Presented by Jacques-Alain Miller on 27th April 2012 in Buenos Aires on :

Presentation of the Theme of the IXth Congress of the World Association of Psychoanalysis:  ‘A Great Disorder of the Real, in the 21st Century’: to take place in Paris in 2014

Available here


On Autism here

Ethics here

Definitions of humanness here

Use of power here

Mental Health here

Further texts

By Éric Laurent here 

•The Chronicle of Éric Laurent• Autism: Epidemic or Ordinary State of the Subject? LQ 194 : 10th April 2012 or here

▪ Chronicle of Éric Laurent ▪ Research and Punish : Ethics Today LQ 199 : 18th April 2012  or here

The Chronicle of Éric Laurent – Starts (jolts) of the Clinic and the Dead-End (impasse) of Neuro-Multiculturalism LQ 208: 16th May 2012 : Éric Laurent or here 

The Chronicle of Éric Laurent : The Profound and Enduring Crisis of the DSM Zone LQ 219 : 6th June 2012 or here  

Psychoanalysis and the Post-DSM Crisis : 2014 : Éric Laurent or here 

Why is the Ideology of Evaluation Pernicious? by Jean-Claude Maleval on April 14, 2010 or here

Autism here 

Evidence base for treatments (NICE) here 

Evaluation and Outcome Measurement here 

See also

Psychoanalysis and the Post-DSM Crisis : 2014 : Éric Laurent or here 

Work capability assessments for those with NICE/DSM defined mental illness by Julia Evans on October 27, 2013 or here

A competition between the UK Government, the Medical Model via psychiatrists & the Mormons for the correct definition of the science of mental health by Julia Evans on April 18, 2013 or here 

English context of Autism in relation to medical and other political formulations by Julia Evans on June 30, 2012 or here


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 Julia Evans    

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Sandwich in Kent & London


Other texts

On autism  here  

Of the clinic  here 

Case studies here 

Lacanian Transmission  here 

Some Lacanian History  here 

Topology  here 

From LW working groups  here

By Sigmund Freud here 

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud  here 

By Jacques Lacan here 

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here 

By Éric Laurent here  

By Julia Evans here