Rectification and Transference : 25th June 2018 : Thomas Svolos

by Julia Evans on June 25, 2018

Circulated by the Newsletter of the New Lacanian School Congress 2018 :

From: NLS Congress 2018 

Subject: NLS Congress 2018 – News from the Blog – 06/29/2018

Date: 29 June 2018 at 09:02:51 BST

Reply-To: NLS Congress 2018 

Towards the NLS Congress 2018, Paris – 30th June & 1st July (Paris) – on ‘In a State of Transference – Wild, Political, Psychoanalytic’

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Further texts : By Thomas Svolos here 

New Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis :  


– I got interested in the notion of rectification, which Lacan uses in “The Direction of the Treatment,” where he describes rectification as the first stage in analysis: a rectification of the subject’s relations with le réel, reality, followed by the development of transference and then interpretation (Écrits, p. 500).  : See The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of its Power:10th-13th July 1958 : Jacques Lacan or here : p15 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation : What I am saying is that it is in a direction of the treatment, ordered, as I have just shown, according to a process that goes from the rectification of the subject‘s relation with the real, to the development of the transference and then to interpretation, that there is situated the horizon within which Freud made the fundamental discoveries, which we are still living off, about the dynamics and the structure of obsessional neurosis. Nothing more, but nothing less either. 

Rectification is mentioned twice more in ‘Direction of the Treatment’, from p19 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation : You are surely right to make the signifier ̳’grand’, included in the term of kinship, the origin, no more, of the rivalry played out with the father to catch the biggest fish. But this purely formal challenge suggests to me rather that he means: nothing doing (rien à frire). 

There is nothing in common, then, between your procession, described as beginning from the surface, and the subjective rectification, highlighted above in Freud‘s method, in which, moreover, it is not motivated by any topographical priority. 

It is because in Freud this rectification is also dialectical, and starts from the subject‘s own words in order to return to them, which means that an interpretation can be correct only by being…an interpretation. 

To opt for the objective here is an error, if only because plagiarism is relative to the practices operating in a given situation. 

– In Miller and Laurent’s joint seminar, “The Other Who Doesn’t Exist,” : The French transcription published :és-déthique-JA-Miller.pdf  


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On Lacanian History here 

Use of power here 

Lacanian Transmission here 

Some Lacanian History here 

Topology here 

From LW working groups here

By Thomas Svolos here

By Sigmund Freud here 

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud here 

By Jacques Lacan here 

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