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Chapter 6: The Structure of the Psychoanalytic Discourse, is Interpretation

The Letter, Issue 63, Autumn 2016, Pages 4 - 39


THE PSYCHOANALYTIC DISCOURSE. A SECOND READING Of LACAN’S L’ÉTOURDIT

Christian Fierens


C. Fierens, Le discours psychanalytique. Une deuxième lecture de l’étourdit de Lacan. Toulouse, Point hors ligne, Erès, 2012. Trans. C. Gallagher 2014.


TABLE OF CONTENTS[1]

CHAPTER 6

THE STRUCTURE OF THE PSYCHOANALYTIC

DISCOURSE, IS INTERPRETATION

BETWEEN MEANING AND ABSENCE, THE FLICKERING OF SENSE

The psychoanalytic discourse has no stuff, no consistency outside the established discourses. What is neither an hysterical discourse, a magisterial discourse nor an academic discourse is quite simply not a discourse. The discourse of science is inscribed in the hysterical discourse, the capitalist discourse is inscribed in the magisterial discourse, the psychological discourse is inscribed in the academic discourse, etc. Psychoanalytic discourse resists being preferentially inscribed in any one whatsoever of these three established discourses. And it nevertheless cannot ever escape from them on pain of losing all consistency.

How situate it?

We are always already engaged in the perspective of the universal proper to the concept. Whatever we say, because saying always involves the universal.

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