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Barry O’Donnell – What might a School be?


Issue 44 (Summer 2010) Pages – 47-57


This paper is a response to Lacan‟s reference to the ancient philosophical schools when he was launching the school in 1964. It aims to shed light on the reference through a consideration of material which describes the ancient schools. This material indicates that Lacan‟s school differs in its arrangement and aims from other educational and training institutions.

In one of the closed seminars during the Crucial problems for Psychoanalysis Seminar, in January 1965, just some months after the act of founding L’Ecole Francaise de Psychanalyse / L’Ecole Freudienne de Paris Lacan indicates that it is „a school …..

What might a School be?

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