Psychoanalysis from a Lacanian perspective

John Gasperoni, Jacques Siboni

Jacques Siboni <>, John Gasperoni <>

The intent of this two year program is to explore the psychoanalytic writings of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan.

It is divided into two parts, comprised of a foundational sequence of five classes and an advanced sequence of two courses. The foundational sequence takes as its orientation Lacan’s Seminar XI, The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, using this seminar as a basis through which to explore Lacan’s reading of Freud, his advances in psychoanalytic thought, and his utilization of structuralism, structural linguistics, and topology. As this is a two year program, it is limited to only 20 participants per sequence.

But these statements raise a crucial question : What is to learn psychoanalysis (and to teach it)?  What comprises the formation of an analyst?  When one is acting as student in the University, he expects to become a new subject fed by a knowledge already owned by the University. His professors, possessing the knowledge they are transmitting, might, then recognize the emergence of a new doctor. This is based on the assumption that what the student lacks is the information, or connaissance, possessed by the University and its court, and that the “mastery” of this information produces one who can operate on and work with this information.

Learning and teaching psychoanalysis occupy a radically different dimension. Through the process of undergoing a psychoanalysis, a new subject is produced, is anticipated and expected, is the result of the possible access to a knowledge hidden in one’s symptoms or objects of desire. The psychoanalytic process might produce a subject who has savoir faire, or one who might know how to do with one’s unconscious, and possibly with one’s symptom. These two modes of discourse are difficult to hold together. This is the challenge by which the teachers and the students will be confronted. By going through the semesters this program offers, we claim it is not an impossible deed and we expect you, as students, to represent the effects of such an experience.

The formation of an analyst takes place through the interactions of three realms of experience.

–    First, the cornerstone of learning psychoanalysis is going through a personal psychoanalysis — Would you expect to learn yoga, Zen Buddhism, painting, tennis, martial arts without practice?  — This fundamental part, we do not offer.

–    The second ingredient is Freudian and Lacanian theory. Our teachers will invite you to actively participate in the lecture sessions that will cover the main concepts of psychoanalysis. Mandatory to this aspect of the structure is the cartel. Four students decide of a common object of work. They choose a fifth, who is called the “Plus One.” The “Plus One” is someone agreed upon by the four working members and himself. Actually he might of might not belong to the group of students or psychoanalytic community. The role of the ”Plus One” is to observe and to ask questions, and to be a participant in the dialog being held. This cartel meets on a regular basis, and will present the result of its questioning after one or two years. This will lead to an online symposium over several days where the cartels will present the products of their work.

–    The third is the supervision process in which an analyst exchanges with one of his peers, another fundamental part we also do not offer.

But the major difference between university courses and our teachings is at its very end. In the University, one “graduates” and receives a document attesting that one has mastered the object of study and can expect to function as a professor, researcher or doctor.

In our teachings, at the end, you will not be formed as a psychoanalyst!  The decision to receive analysands and to occupy the position of their analyst is not stamped or certified by the process we offer. Nonetheless through our teachings one might learn what is needed to position oneself as psychoanalyst.

To understand elements of this challenge you need to listen to two lectures on this object : http ://

The Teachings

The Foundation

  1. Learning/teaching/transmitting Psychoanalysis in the world of the discourse of the Capitalist. (Oct 20 2014, 9PM CET, 19 :00 UTC)
  2. The Unconscious

(a)  The Konigsberg Bridge Problem and the topological structure of thought. The speaking of a sentence, S/s, and the Moebius band. The Purloined Letter and the delta topology. (Nov 17 2014, 9PM CET, 20 :00 UTC)

  • (b)  The mirror phase and Schema L, or what cannot be made visible. (Dec 01 2014, 9PM CET, 20 :00 UTC)
  • (c)  The unconscious is structured like a language. (Dec 15 2014, 9PM CET, 20 :00 UTC)
  • Repetition
  • (a)  Tuché contra Automaton, R.S.I., and the formation of the subject.
  • (b)  Metaphor and Metonymy Ethics, and the lack of the Other.
  • (c)  The Graph of Desire.
  • (d)  The Phantasm in the structure of the subject.
  • The Drive
  • (a)  The graph of the Drive.
  • (b)  Anguish, inhibition, and the symptom.
  • (c)  R.S.I. and topology.
  • (d)  Transformation of an object, the projective plane.
  • Transference
  • (a)  Plato’s Symposium : the discourse on love and sublimation.
  • (b)  The four discourses, part 1.
  • (c)  The four discourses, part 2.
  • (d)  The arc of transference.
  • Advanced Topics
  • –    Reading Lacan topologically
  • –    The graph of sexuation
  • –    The clinic of knots
  • –    Psychotic structure
  • –    The family and the function of the name of the father

Those enrolled in this sequence have the option to elect which of the advanced topics they wish to pursue to complete this program, and may utilize offerings by other instructors with the pre-approval of J. Siboni. In order to complete this process, students must present an original work of analysis utilizing Lacanian thought.

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