The European space: its articulation, its passions : 7th January 2019 : Marco Focchi

by Julia Evans on January 7, 2019

TOWARDS European Forum of Psychoanalysis : ‘Love and Hate for Europe’ : on Saturday 16th February 2019 in Milan, Italy

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Date7 January 2019 at 07:02:18 GMT

Title : The European space: its articulation, its passions by Marco Focchi

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1) ‘Love and hate refer to each other, evoke each other, imply each other. We have to face up to this hainamoration’. : Marco Focchi

See Seminar XX : 20th March 1973

Seminar XX : Encore 1972 – 1973 (from 21st November 1972) : Jacques Lacan or here

2) ‘Let us not forget that the third passion mentioned by Lacan, that of ignorance, is part of the transference. It puts us in the disposition of wanting to know, or not wanting to know, and turns out to be fundamental in the movements of the other two passions: I seek you out because I want absorb your mystery (but how much will I tolerate it?); I reject you because I do not know who you are (but while rejecting you my being reaches out towards you, even though I’m afraid of knowing you).’ : Marco Focchi

See Seminar IV : 9th January 1957 : Seminar IV : The Object Relation & Freudian Structures 1956-1957 : begins 21st November 1956 : Jacques Lacan or here :

Para 5 of Earl’s Court Collectives’ provisional translation : I will specify the thought:. This is founded, for one sex as for the other both sexes, on a misdeal [maldonne]., And this misdeal is founded on the ignorance – it is not a matter of misrecognition, but of ignorance – of the fertilising role of the man’s semen and, on the other hand, of the existence of the female organ as such. Note : misdeal may be a reference to ‘poker’


p282 of Alan Sheridan’s translation of The Meaning (or Signification) of the Phallus (Munich): 9th May 1958 : Jacques Lacan  or here :

This ignorance is suspiciously like méconnaissance in the technical sense of the term – all the more so in that it is sometimes quite false.


if anyone can find a closer quote from Jacques Lacan, I would be interested in knowing of it


The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of its Power:10th-13th July 1958 : Jacques Lacan or here

p525 of Bruce Fink’s translation, p263 of Alan Sheridan’s translation, p49-51 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation, which follows :

9. Let us nevertheless articulate what structures desire.

Desire is what manifests itself in the interval that demand hollows out on this side of itself, inasmuch as the subject in articulating the signifying chain, brings to light the lack of being with an appeal to receive its complement from the Other, since the Other, the locus of the word, is also the locus of this lack.

What is thus given to the Other to fill, and what strictly he does not have, since he too lacks being, is what is called love, but it is also hate and ignorance.

It is also, as passions of being, what is evoked by any demand beyond the need that is articulated in it, and it is certainly what the subject remains all the more deprived of to the extent that the need articulated in the demand is satisfied.

What is more, the satisfaction of need appears here only as the lure in which the demand for love is crushed, by sending the subject back to sleep, where he haunts the limbo of being, by letting it speak in him. For the being of language is the non-being of objects, and the fact that desire was discovered by Freud in its place in the dream, from all time a scandal for all the efforts of thinking to situate itself in reality, should be lesson enough for us.

To be or not to be, to sleep, perchance to dream, even the so-called simplest dreams of the child (as “simple” as the analytic situation, no doubt) show simply miraculous or forbidden objects.

10. But the child does not always fall asleep in this way in the bosom of being, especially if the Other, who has her own ideas about his needs, interferes, and in place of what she does not have, stuffs him with the choking pap of what she has, namely, confuses her caring with the gift of her love.

It is the child who is fed with most love who refuses and plays with his refusal as with a desire (anorexia nervosa). A dimension where one grasps as nowhere else that hate pays love back in its own coin but where it is ignorance that is not forgiven.

When all is said and done, by refusing to satisfy the mother‘s demand, is not the child insisting that the mother should have a desire outside him, because this is the path that he lacks towards desire?


Seminar XX : 21st November 1972 :

from pI 5 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation : I put that forward very gently in saying that feelings are always reciprocal. It was so that it should come back to me, huh!

– So then, so then, and love, and love, is it always reciprocal?

– But yes, but yes!

This is even why the unconscious was invented. It is so that we might see that the desire of man is the desire of the Other. And that love is a passion which may be the ignorance of this desire [Footnote 14], but which nonetheless leaves it its full import. When it is looked at more closely we see its ravages. [Footnote 14, p4 of Bruce Fink’s translation, Ignorance is, according to Lacan (and others, including Plato), the strongest of the three passions : ignorance, love, and hate. On the three passions, see, for example, “Direction of the Treatment, An alternative reading of ‘le désir de l’homme, c’est le désir de l’autre’ earlier in the sentence would be “man’s desire is for the Other’s desire.”

3)  We know well that for the parlêtre vital issues are at stake in the language that cannot be exported in a purely formal dimension. : Marco Focchi

Seminar XXIII: The Sinthome or Joyce and the Sinthome: 1975-1976: beginning on November 18th 1975 : Jacques Lacan or here

Seminar XXIII : 16th December 1975 :

pIII 13 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation : On the other hand, the enjoyment described as phallic is situated there, at the conjunction of the Symbolic with the Real. It is in as much that in the subject which is supported by the parlêtre  in the sense that this is what I designate as being the unconscious, …


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Other texts

Discourses that kill : 1st December 2018 : Thomas Svolos  or here

Decided Desires and Joyful Passions in Democracy : 18th November 2017 (Turin) : Éric Laurent or here

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

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

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

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

Ethics here

Definitions of humanness here  & here

Of the clinic here

On Ordinary Psychosis here

On Lacanian History here

Use of power here

Lacanian Transmission here

Some Lacanian History here

Topology here

From LW working groups : here

By Marco Focchi here

By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud here

By Jacques Lacan here

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here