On the real in a psychoanalysis : 17th October 2013 : Éric Laurent

by Julia Evans on October 17, 2013

This is an orientation text towards the IXth WAP/AMP (World Association of Psychoanalysis – Association Mondiale de Psychanalyse) congress: A real for the 21st century : 14-18 April 2014 Paris. Further details of the congress are available at www.congressamp2014.com .

This was circulated in : ‘What’s up ! N°7 Newsletter of the WAP Congress Paris 2014’ & recirculated by New Lacanian School  : ‘nls-messager 834.en’ : on 17th October 2013  : here : Translated by Julia Richards

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Published as On the Real in a Psychoanalysis : Éric Laurent : in Hurly Burly Issue 11 : May 2014 : p84-86

References to Jacques Lacan

Seminar VI: Desire and its interpretation : Availability given here Seminar VI: Desire and its interpretation: 1958-1959 : from 12th November 1958 : Jacques Lacan or here

Seminar XXIV : ‘L’insu que sait de l’une-bévue s’aile à mourre’ : 1976-1977 : begins 16th November 1976 : Jacques Lacan : An English translation here

Lacan J., The Seminar, book xxiv, L’insu que sait de l’une-bévue s’aile à mourre. : Sessions of 16th November 1976 : 14th December 1976 : 11th January 1977 :

Reference to availability in French:

Session of November 16 1976, in : Ornicar ?, December 1977, n° 12-13, p. 6

Seminar XXIV : Ibid, Lesson of December 14, 1976, p. 10.

Seminar XXIV Ibid. Lesson of January 11, 1977, in: Ornicar ?, Easter 1978, n° 14, p5


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Other texts

See below for other orientation texts.

By Éric Laurent here

Racism 2.0 : 26th January 2014 : Éric Laurent or here

New incarnations of the desire for democracy in Europe : 31st October 2017 : Éric Laurentor here

See especially : ▪ Le sac de nœuds – Chronicle of Éric Laurent ▪ The Tracery of Incarnation LQ 96 : 22nd November 2011or here

& The Stepladder (Escabeau) and Freudian Sublimation. From forcing to manipulation : A reading of «Joyce the Symptom» : (Paris) 3rd February 2015 : Éric Laurent or here

& “The Unconscious is Politics”, today : LQ518 (Lacan Quotidien 518) : May 2015 : Éric Laurent or here

& The Unconscious and the Body Event : the full interview : July 2015 : Éric Laurent or here

Lost in Cognition: Psychoanalysis and the Cognitive Sciences : 2014 : Éric Laurent

On the real in a psychoanalysis : 17th October 2013 : Éric Laurent

Psychosis, or Radical Belief in the Symptom : 17th June 2012 : Éric Laurent : given in Tel Aviv, Israel

Psychoanalysis & Our Time (video): 30th September 2011: New York : Éric Laurent

Against Neuro-metaphors (video): 30th September 2011 : New York : Éric Laurent

Lacan as Analysand (video): 30th September 2011 : New York : Éric Laurent

The Symbolic Order in the XXI Century: Consequences for the Treatment: July 2010: Éric Laurent


Texts on ‘The Symbolic Order in the XXIst Century’ here

Ethics here

Definitions of humanness here  & here

On Lacanian History here

Use of power 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 Julia Evans here

Orientation texts towards the IXth Congress of the WAP : A real for the XXIst century : Paris : 14-18 April 2014

Circulated from April 2012 to March 2014

See http://www.congresamp2014.com/en/template.php?file=Textos.html

Also published in Hurly-Burly  : Issue 11 : May 2014


Presentation of the Theme of the IXth Congress of the WAP
by Jacques-Alain Miller

I will not make you wait long to announce the theme of the next Congress. A new series of three themes has begun with ‘The Symbolic Order in the 21st Century’. It will be a series specifically dedicated to the ‘aggiornamento’, as one says in Italian, to the bringing up to date of our analytic…

See The real in the XXI st century: 27th April 2012: Jacques-Alain Miller  or here:   for further infromation and references


A Real for the 21st Century
by Guy Briole

We say of the real that it is enclosed in reality, which is itself only accessible to us in a sifted form – which is to say that we avoid bad encounters with it, we avoid bad encounters. Being able to avoid the real allows one to think that one knows where it is, that it is localised…


Amphibologies of the real
by Leonardo Gorostiza

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On the real in a psychoanalysis
by Éric Laurent

Since his presentation in Athens of the NLS Congress to be held in Ghent in 2014, Jacques-Alain Miller’s presentations of Seminar VI have allowed him to develop on what the psychoanalytical practice becomes when it aims at getting past the function of the Other…

On the real in a psychoanalysis : 17th October 2013 : Éric Laurent or here for information and references


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by Graciela-Brodsky

In the address given by Lacan on the occasion of the creation of the Clinical Section in Paris[1] we find a definition of the real that is worth commenting on. At the time Lacan was giving his seminar L’une-bévue, a title that can be translated in Spanish…


Psychoanalysis of the Lacanian Orientation: An Offer for the 21st Century
by Sérgio Laia

A real for the 21st century – the title of the forthcoming congress of the WAP – can be heard as an offer: that psychoanalysis of the lacanian orientation would offer to our century a real. Why would we do it?…


The Desire of the Analyst
by Pierre Naveau

In the first chapter of Seminar XI Lacan asks; “What is the analyst’s desire? What does it have to be in order to operate?”[1] And in the last chapter of this same Seminar he puts forward – it’s well known – that “the analyst’s desire is not a pure desire » and that « it is a desire to obtain the absolute difference”…


Savoir y faire
by Mauricio Tarrab

What type of knowing and what type of doing are implied in Lacan’s formula: savoir y faire? It is not the know-how of the craftsman, of a trade, a know-how that could be transmitted from a master to a pupil as a ‘mastery’ of the matter that would be the material on which one works…


The real cause is the non necessary cause
by Marco Focchi

The notion of causality is depreciated in modern thinking. Bertrand Russell, in a paper that is the starting point for contemporary reflections on the problem, affirms that “The law of causality, […], like much that passes muster among philosophers…

See The real cause is the non necessary cause: 8th December 2013: Marco Focchi or here for information and references


A real that changes (us)
by Ana Vigano

The modification in the title for the next Congress involves a subtlety that has not passed unnoticed. Its coordinates provide a blow, a chisel, even a challenge that points in two directions that I wish to dwell on…


The Artist
by Francisco-Hugo Freda

To the question: “What do you paint?”, Picasso answered: “I paint the painting”. The dialogue continued and Picasso affirmed that he had painted one picture alone. At the end of the interview, in a slightly sad tone, he declared: “The painting always wins”…


Unhappy Jouissance
by Amanda Goya

In the absence of a natural law that regulates the relation between the sexes, it is quite by chance that each speaking being bumps into a bit of the real, the fruit of a singular shock between lalangue and the body. Sexual identifications, in the epoch of the father…


Making Material from the Real
by Dominique Holvoet

If Freudian psychoanalysis emerged from the vestiges of the decadent paternalism of the 19th century, Lacan forges a path toward another consistency proper to the 21st century with the category of the real that underlies both the meaning that was guaranteed…