Prelude 20, Sol Aparicio

To die, to sleep; to sleep, perchance to dream… (Hamlet) A fundamental desire inhabits sleep and is satisfied in the dream: the desire to sleep. A well-known doctrinal point established in The Interpretation of Dreams, becomes suddenly for Lacan the … Continue reading

Some preludes in Polish…

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Prelude 19, Celeste Soranna

Strange stars stare at the Earth, They are the colour of iron and wander in desire, Searching for love with incandescent arms, And reaching the cold of the air. Élise Lasker Schüler Of desire in spite of everything No matter … Continue reading

Prelude 18, Marc Strauss

Extreme platitude or witticism of the real? This subject had at first spoken of his father, a man of admirable intelligence but who drank more than was reasonable: an alcoholic. He had then spoken of his beloved, also of admirable … Continue reading

Preliminars, greek translation – ΠPEΛOYΔIO

– επιχείρημα – Les paradoxes du désir-Tα παράδοξα της επιθυμίας 1-10, 17 – Les paradoxes du désir-Tα παράδοξα της επιθυμίας 11-20 Skaraki Ioanna, Moriati Stylianos, Kommata Liliane, Brati Dionissis, Nikolaidou Margarita, Dimoula Fani, Visviki Ioanna, Katsani Georgia, Baniokos Giorgos, Koukoumaki Maria, Tsioli … Continue reading

Prelude 17, Colette Soler

Desire caught by … While I was busy with other things, I had the crazy thought that desire “caught by the tail” does not take us very far – apologies to Picasso from whom I have borrowed the phrase. Not … Continue reading

Prelude 16, Susan Schwartz

Of Desire and Death   In 1947 a beautiful young woman, considering herself an unworthy bride for her husband to be, jumped to her death from the 86th floor of the Empire State building. She landed, seemingly unbroken, on the … Continue reading

Prelude 15, Beatriz Zuluaga

Ethics of desire “In the dream it was evident that the girl had been many years in front of that infinite window trying to finish the bunch, and that she was in no rush because she knew that death was … Continue reading

Prelude 14, Ricardo Rojas

Prelude 14, Ricardo Rojas

Desire-of-knowledge and Entzweiung of the Subject* “Such, at least, is the way traced by neurosis for the psychoanalyst so that, in truth, by its repetition he can bring it to an end(….) This is something he could not accomplish except … Continue reading

Prelude 13, Manel Rebollo

What does speech desire? What does desire signify? What does this word want to mean? Put like this, with these words the question itself implies a desire of saying, a “wish to say” which assures that it is there, in … Continue reading

Prelude 12, Claude Léger

Desire caught again by the tail During the dark years of the Occupation, Lacan and Picasso were in the same boat, the one called “Work, Family, Fatherland … and tightening the belt.”  They are also in the same photograph, taken … Continue reading

Prelude 11, Antonio Quinet

Kalimeros for 2014 “Radiant Himeros triumphs here, the desire born from the gaze of the waiting bride in bed”, says the Greek chorus.[1] Himeros is the brilliance of “victorious” desire, resolute desire, which makes Antigone the desiring desired. Himeros is … Continue reading

Prelude 10, Silvia Migdalek

The paradox of desire and love Playing with the delights of etymology and the dictionary, we read that the term ‘paradox’ comes from the Greek (para and doxos) and means ‘beyond what is credible’, and also refers to something opposed … Continue reading

Prelude 9, Albert Nguyên

A new desire Some notations on the theme and a question: A new desire? What is the source of desire? The poet Reiner Kunze wrote about it plainly: “The poem resides in the extent of its wonderment, It is there … Continue reading

Prelude 8, Marcelo Mazzuca

The paradoxes of the desire of the analyst Our next rendezvous in Paris has put us on the track of desire and its paradox: how to circumscribe desire through interpretation if it is logically incompatible with speech? Answer: not without … Continue reading

Prelude 7, Sonia Alberti

Paradox, from the Greek « para », is commonly translated as “against”, and “doxa” as the true opinion. In his seminar of May 10, 1977, Lacan wonders if it would be possible to represent the paradox.[1] In order to go a little … Continue reading

Prelude 6, Martine Menès

Neither fear nor pity But was it necessary to be a hero? Above all, if one is/was born a girl. “Have I cried enough for being a girl!” To which Ismene, in “true” girl fashion, replies: “You desire impracticable things”. … Continue reading

Prelude 5, Carmine Marrazzo

Reinventions of a destiny How can psychoanalysts sustain their desire, the desire of the analyst, with its paradoxes? The question is crucial and the “chance that analysis will continue to be at a premium on the market”,[1] depends on it, … Continue reading

Prelude 4, Patrick Barillot

The mark of the psychoanalyst Of desires there are a great variety but desire to know what the unconscious could tell us about jouissance as castrated, absolutely not! Lacan asserts in Encore that there is no such thing as a … Continue reading

Prelude 3, Andréa Brunetto

The problematic of desire Lacan insists that the problematic of desire is its “ex-centricity in relation to satisfaction”.[1] According to The Formations of the Unconscious, desire is ex-centric because it is always sliding, wanting at all costs an object that … Continue reading

Prelude 2, Sidi Askofaré

Between truth and act: paradox and dialectic of desire At the same time that he tried to situate the excentric place—roughly speaking from the Seminar “The Formations of the Unconscious” to “Anxiety”—Lacan never ceased to maintain the paradox of desire. … Continue reading

Preliminar 1, Cora Aguerre

Putting desire to the test When one moves into the desire of knowledge far enough, one pushes beyond the horror to knowledge. The crossing over gives an account of the real at stake in the formation of the analyst.   … Continue reading