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From Kierkegaard to Lacan: Repetition?

By | December 1st, 2021|LRO 321|

Kierkegaard, who, according to Lacan, was “the most acute of the questioners of the soul”[1] before Freud, was beset, as he himself testifies, by a problem: “whether repetition is possible, and what it means, whether a thing wins or loses by being repeated”[2]. He says that he is “almost paralyzed” in the face of this question; in order to [...]


By | November 17th, 2021|LRO 319|

Some politicians wear a larva of decency. There are always moments of exposure (Entlarvung) where something behind the larva comes out. These moments are often very comical (komisch) and of course revealing for the political observer, they have to be captured somehow, otherwise the two-facedness of un-decent again blurs behind the algorithm of the political [...]

It Takes Time

By | November 10th, 2021|LRO 318|

Acceptance/rejection: this pair of polar terms describes the dominant way of dealing with the otherness of jouissance in public discourse, to locate it somewhere. However, if we look closely at the way acceptance and rejection function in time—both in the public rhetoric and in the course of personal psychoanalysis—we can recognize the somersaults people do [...]

Roman Vishniac’s Symptom: A Fish Outside Meaning

By | November 3rd, 2021|LRO 317|

In a recently published book, in Hebrew, called Criss Cross - Psychoanalysis, Art and Culture [1], one chapter, written by Rony Alfandary and titled Vishniac the Lone Photograph, was devoted to the Russian-American photographer Roman Vishniac (Wischniak, 1990-1887) [2, 3]. The author highlights and interprets the sharp shift Vishniac had made from photographing human figures [...]

Joyce the Letter and the Feminine Principle

By | October 20th, 2021|LRO 315|

Lacan demonstrates in his Seminar The Sinthome that the Joycean text concerns the letter. Here the letter is not a vehicle for truth or desire nor the material basis for the signifier. It is a letter made for jouissance and it is what allows us to touch the singular real of the body as this [...]

“The Queen’s Gambit”: What is Really Sacrificed?

By | October 13th, 2021|LRO 314|

Chess has never been very popular in the Western world. Chess geniuses, on the contrary, have always drawn public attention. Something otherworldly about these unusual masterminds catches our interest. What price has to be paid for such incredible success in an almost uninhabited island of symbolic? Two examples from classic literature are found in the [...]

A Politics of Lacanian Action

By | October 6th, 2021|LRO 313|

How are we to understand Lacanian action today? When does a practice oriented analytically become Lacanian action? In the first place, we should situate the contrast between the term "action" and the term "act", two terms that Lacan distinguished very well in the clinic. This distinction is at the root of the term "Lacanian action," [...]