There are no words for the real in psychoanalysis, there are only letters. Yet the symptoms of our era do not stop being written of the real. With new translations of Jacques Lacan, Jacques-Alain Miller, and a dossier on quantum physics, The Lacanian Review takes on the impossible question: What is real in psychoanalysis?
In our Post-Truth era, reality is under attack. The contemporary moment is disoriented by fake news, chatbots,
conspiracy theories and a digital flood of leaks, lies and revelations. On hold with automated phone answering
services, one pleads to just talk to a real person. But we are also complicit, enjoying online avatars, virtual
reality, augmented reality and cryptocurrency fueled binges.
Over a century ago, psychoanalysis learned from psychotic subjects that chasing after reality is folly. Reality
is just another delusion in the service of the fantasy. To find an orientation amidst the proliferating loss of belief
in reality experienced today, psychoanalysis must shift the question to find an exit from the reality trap. In its
7th issue, The Lacanian Review interrogates what is real in psychoanalysis.
TLR7 introduces a landmark translation by Philip Dravers of the late Lacan’s momentus and polyphonic
address, “The Third,” followed by texts exploring the Borromean clinic. Marie-Hélène Brousse curates a
dossier that approaches the subject of the real through dialogue with quantum physics and new work by
Philippe de Georges and Clotilde Leguil. Interviews with Matteo Barsuglia, astrophysicist at the National
Center for Scientific Research in France and Catherine Pépin, researcher at the Institute of Theoretical Physics
(IPhT) of the Atomic Energy Center at Saclay (France), advance a critical conversation between two
discourses that delineates what we call reality and real.
Three new translations of Jacques-Alain Miller, published for the first time in English, examine truth, fiction
and science in relation to the real as the impossible, but also the contingent. These lessons question whether
we are in a Post-Truth era or the era of the Lying-Truth.
Attesting to the singular experience of the real in psychoanalysis, TLR 7 presents three testimonies of the pass
of current Analysts of the School. Clinical cases, the politics of the real, biotechnology, and Lady Gaga with
Hamlet are all assembled in this issue of The Lacanian Review, a journal which might not be of a semblant.
The Lacanian Review, the English language journal of the New Lacanian School (NLS) and the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP), publishes newly established texts by Jacques Lacan, Jacques-Alain Miller, and prominent international figures of the Lacanian Orientation. This semiannual print series features testimonies of the pass, new theoretical developments in Lacanian psychoanalysis, clinical cases, dialogues with prominent academics, and articles on contemporary culture, politics, art and science. Each issue explores a theme intersecting the symptoms of our era and emerging work in the NLS.
Table of Contents:
Marie-Hélène Brousse & Cyrus Saint Amand Poliakoff
Writing the Real
Marie-Hélène Brousse, What's Real? A Dialogue between Quantum Physicists and Psychoanalysts on Real and Matter
Matteo Barsuglia, Marie-Hélène Brousse & David Mabille, The Real and the Metaphoric in Physics
Catherine Pépin, Marie-Hélène Brousse & Philippe de Georges, The Perfection of the Void
Clotilde Leguil, Truth, Post-truth, Real
Philippe de Georges, What's Worth Being Said: For Truth and the Real in Psychoanalysis
Jacques-Alain Miller, The Pass of Psychoanalysis towards Science: The Desire for Knowledge
Jacques Lacan, The Third
Wefts and Knots: The Clinic of "The Third"
Marie-Hélène Brousse, Ordinary Psychosis
Dossia Avdelidi, Non-Triggerable Psychosis
Damien Guyonnet, On the Use of Verbal Hallucination
Jean-Luc Monnier, Extension of the Domain of Feminine Jouissance
Truth & Fiction
Jacques-Alain Miller, The Lying Truth
Jacques-Alain Miller, Psychoanalysis, A Structure of Fiction
Speaking A Real
Anne Béraud, The Amur of Amour
Bénédicte Jullien, Waiting for the Absent One
Aurélie Pfauwadel, The Traumas of Discord
María Josefina Sota Fuentes, The Clinical Case: Interpretation and Transmission
Linda Clarke, A Kettle that Boils Over
Fouzia Taouzari, Being Mother at All Costs
Could be Worse . . . The Real of Politics
Martin Deleixhe, Pluralism and Political Uncertainties: Or Why Populists Increasingly Reject Both Migrants and democracy
Jean-Claude Milner, Lacan's Later Work and the Declaration of the Rights of Man
José Armando García, How Can Psychoanalysis Understand the Phenomenon of Populist Movements Today?
Janet Haney, The Disorder of the Day: Climate Change and the Capitalist Discourse
Elizabeth Rogers & Robert Buck, We're Off the Deep End, Now
Catherine Massol, From Fine Letters to the Letter: The Tragedy of Hamlet or the Impossible Interpretation
François Ansermet, The Contemporary Body, Between Sense of Unease and Misunderstanding
About the Journal:
The Lacanian Review (TLR) aims to support the formation of analysts and stimulate dialogue among and beyond the Schools of the WAP. Through the publication of several distinct modes of psychoanalytic writing, TLR addresses different aspects of the orientation of the WAP:
— ORIENTATION: texts by Jacques Lacan, Jacques-Alain Miller, and authors of the Freudian Field that orient our research.
—THEMATIC FOCUS: crucial contemporary problems and symptoms that are ciphered through the analytic experience.
— DIALOGUES: interviews which engage discourses outside of psychoanalysis - science, art, university and politics.
—FORMATIONS OF THE ANALYST: writings that demonstrate the position of analytic training in the Lacanian Orientation of the WAP, which is always marked by a singularity that distinguishes it from training in other psychoanalytic groups.
—THE PASS: testimonies of the pass, one of the “two lungs” of the School, transmit a reduction of the singular results of each analysis, presented by analysts that choose to undergo this procedure.
—SUPERVISION/CONTROL: texts on the uses of supervision as a crucial support for the efforts of the analyst in the analytic experience.
—CARTELS: texts produced from the work of the Cartels of the NLS. The Cartel, as a mode of psychoanalytic inquiry invented by Lacan, allows each of its members to produce a modification in relation to analytic knowledge.
—NLS & WAP CONGRESSES: topics and papers from the annual Congresses of the NLS and WAP, which include clinical case constructions and theoretical elaborations.
We hope our readers will gain some knowledge about the Lacanian Orientation and that these texts will provoke questions and stimulate one’s own desire for psychoanalysis.