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“Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” and Feminine Jouissance

By | December 14th, 2022|LRO 364|

In “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” there are only two characters: Nancy, a fine vintage widow who has never experienced any form of sexual pleasure, and Leo, a young handsome man who wants to give her just that, and get paid for it.[1] The film explores their intimate encounters in the same hotel room, [...]

For Shame

By | December 7th, 2022|LRO 363|

In Seminar 17, we find an appendix from 3 December 1969, called “Analyticon”, where Lacan addresses the students at Vincennes. Their shameless exhibitionism of jouissance is not opposed to power, but its mutation: “And the first to collaborate with this, right here at Vincennes, are you, for you fulfill the role of helot of the [...]


By | November 16th, 2022|LRO 362|

A psychoanalyst’s first lesson on words: the signifier enters the signified. To illustrate this point Lacan replaced Saussure’s tree with his own example, two bathroom doors with signs affixed, Ladies—Gentlemen. The little diagram that offered psychoanalysis a new way to think about signifiers evoked a childhood memory: “A train arrives at a station. A little [...]

Politics: From Science to Religion?

By | November 9th, 2022|LRO 361|

Science and religion are different domains. Science invokes reason and aims for a universal knowledge that can be applied to various fields. The imperative to universalize matters less than the deployment of reason. Politics was first established as a science. The Greeks used to refer to politics as the “Master Science” because “politics determines the [...]

Is psychoanalysis in the city?

By | November 2nd, 2022|LRO 360|

Vienna is the place where Freud discovered the unconscious, it is the birth place of psychoanalysis. Also, it is the place where psychoanalysis was wiped out in 1938. What can be said about psychoanalysis in Vienna now? How did and do psychoanalysts work with this radical hole, a hole in a place that once was [...]

Sanna Marin and Theresa de Avila

By | October 19th, 2022|LRO 359|

The recent controversy regarding the Finnish Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, might be elucidated by Jacques Lacan’s famous “woman does not exist”. Marin is the youngest PM in Finnish history, taking office at 34, and often seen as a symbol, also outside of Finland, of feminist achievement. In August 2022, two private videos were leaked, which [...]

Another Discovery for Getting Rid of the Unconscious

By | October 12th, 2022|LRO 358|

She was happy with her life. She was pleased with the beauty and order that reigned in her house, as well as the way that she took to work every day, which brought her through the most beautiful part of the city. After a childhood full of misfortunes, she managed to build her own little [...]

The Scientific Approach

By | September 28th, 2022|LRO 356|

Some critics of psychoanalysis, in particular the supporters of cognitive-behavioral therapies, argue for having a scientific approach, as we could read in a recent brochure concerning the therapeutic care of autistic people[1]. Even if the question of whether psychoanalysis is a science or not remains open, it nevertheless seems important to me to point out [...]

Artistic License in a Woke Era

By | September 21st, 2022|LRO 355|

I Joan, a play which opened at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London last month, shows Joan of Arc as a legendary leader who uses the pronouns, they/ them. Lest it be criticised for historical inaccuracy, the theatre was proactive in affixing a special note by its artistic director: “Theatres do not deal with ‘historical reality’. [...]