top of page

Barry O’Donnell – The Parmenides and the One


THE LETTER 30 (Spring 2004) pages 31-43


…I recommend to those who want to hold the position of the analyst with what that involves in terms of knowledge not to run away from it, to bring themselves up to date with what of course for them can only be read by working on Parmenides.




I am going to talk to you about a dialogue by Plato called Parmenides because both in Seminar XIX, …ou pire, and in the series of lectures entitled The knowledge of the psychoanalyst, Lacan indicates it as a text which will inform our attempts to grasp what he means by the Real. In particular, he suggests that the Platonic dialogue’s account of the One is crucial to an understanding of the term: the Real. At this time in his work Lacan was emphasising the importance of the notion of the Real for our approach to the condition of the speaking subject, the subject constituted in a relation to language.

The Parmenides and the One

  • After completing your purchase, you will receive a link to download your digital product(s) as a PDF, along with an emailed link that will last for 30 days. The PDF is for individual use only. 

Recent Articles