Lacanian Psychoanalysis Not Without the Body : 18th January 2020 (Dublin) : Bernard Seynhaeve

by Julia Evans on January 18, 2020

ICLO (Irish Circle of the Lacanian Orientation) Society of the NLS, Knottings Seminar Dublin, “The Other Side of Interpretation, Reasonances of the Body in Psychoanalysis” with Bernard Seynhaeve.

On Saturday the 18th of January 2020, the Knotting Seminar of the New Lacanian School (NLS) was held in Ireland for the first time, as part of the preparatory work towards the next NLS Congress. ICLO Society of the NLS was delighted to once again welcome Bernard Seynhaeve, President of the NLS to Dublin. Radio Lacan is delighted to bring to its listeners his conference titled “Lacanian Psychoanalysis Not Without the Body” in French with simultaneous translation by Florencia Fernandez Coria Shanahan, in English.

Audio 107 mins :  Listen here 

Text now available  here   

Other texts by Bernard Seynhaeve  here    

Related intervention

Interpretation: From Truth to Event by Éric Laurent, Speech delivered in Tel Aviv, 2 June 2019

Towards the 2020 NLS Congress which was cancelled due to coronavirus

Published :  


See Interpretation : From Truth to Event : 2nd June 2019 (Tel Aviv) : Éric Laurent  or  here  


References used by Bernard Seynhaeve

Information and Notes :  A Fantasy : August 2004 (Comandatuba-Bahia, Brazil) : Jacques-Alain Milleror here  


Information and Notes :  The Unconscious and the Speaking Body : Paris : 17th April 2014 : Jacques-Alain Miller or here 

[Note : Equivalence between imaginary and the body – at the end of Lacan’s teaching he states the body is a mystery (Trinity) 


Reference to Seminar XX : the real is mystery of the speaking body p131. – reference 10 Lacan, J., The Seminar Book XX, Encore, op. cit., p. 131. [Seminar XX : Ch X Rings of String : 15th May 1973 : Availability given Seminar XX: Encore: 1972 – 1973: from 21st November 1972 : Jacques Lacan or here]  pXII 22 [p242] of Cormac Gallagher’s translation : The real is the mystery of the speaking body, it is the mystery of the unconscious.]

Difference between body & a bag of organs – mystery is the union between the body & language – creates hole in language.  

add a step : in the joint of language & body, knotting the body enjoys itself (Seminar XX) Probably 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, …

Jouissance not addressed to someone else & does not come from someone else.  


Brief mention of Seminar XI


Quote from Preface to the English-language edition of Seminar XI : 17th May 1976 : Jacques Lacan  or here ]

One (self) knows this  p2 of Freud2Lacan : Sheridan translates One knows,  Grigg translates Self knows this.  Shanahan questions the translation.

Other gives speech vs Lalangue


Lacan calls the ‘unfathomable decision of being’ : p177 of French Écrits, Presentation on Psychical Causality : 28th September 1946 (Bonneval Hospital, Paris )  : Jacques Lacan, Available at   /lacan : Bruce Fink translates this as ‘unsoundable decision of being’ on p145 of Écrits

…. important to diagnosis of structure – consent to the other intervening in that which was mine, ….


Quote from Preface to the English-language edition of Seminar XI : 17th May 1976 : Jacques Lacan  or here : ‘Lalangue is of itself’  This has not been found on p23, & may be the first paragraph including the translation of (On le sait, soi) I prefer Alan Sheridan’s translation.


Moves to ‘What is an interpretation in the sense of Lacan’s later teaching?’ (at 70 minutes)


Quotes from first page of Seminar I: Freud’s papers on technique: 1953-1954 : begins on 18th November 1953 : Jacques Lacan or here : See Seminar I : 18th November 1953 : p11 of John Forrester’s translation : as developed by Eric Laurent in the argument, see above.


core of analysis is this embodiment


’the analyst is the symptom : Seminar XXIII : 13th April 1976 : See Seminar XXIII: The Sinthome or Joyce and the Sinthome: 1975-1976: beginning on November 18th 1975 : Jacques Lacan or here  : p116 of Adrian Price’s translation : pX 10 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation, quote, I think that effectively the psychoanalyst cannot conceive of himself otherwise than as a sinthome. It is not psychoanalysis that is a sinthome, it is the psychoanalyst. That is how I will reply to what was put to me as a question earlier. The fact is that it is the psychoanalyst who is, when all is said and done, a help of whom, in the terms of Genesis, one can say that, that he is in short a reversal (retournement). Since moreover the Other of the Other, is what I have just defined now as the little hole there. That the little hole might be able to provide a help all [X 11] by itself, it is precisely in this that the hypothesis of the Unconscious has its support. The hypothesis of the Unconscious, as freud underlines, is something which, which cannot hold up except by supposing the Name-of-the-Father. Supposing the Name-of-the-father, certainly, is God. It is in this that, that psychoanalysis, by succeeding, proves that one can moreover do without the Name-of-the Father. One can moreover do without it provided one makes use of it.  

This quotation is related to Miller’s text & although there are 3 references to Seminar XXIII, this is not one of them.


In later seminars the analyst is not object a within a discourse, it is a matter of being object a.

Lacanian use the sceptic & the invocatory drive.  In an analysis both the analyst & the analysand contribute their body.


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Further texts

Of the clinic  here 

Lacanian Transmission  here 

Some Lacanian History  here 

Topology  here 

From LW working groups  here

By Bernard Seynhaeve  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