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Erika Radich, Escape

The Environs of the Hole: Voice, the names-of-the-father, and the Object of the Fundamental Fantasy

As the material support of the signifier the voice of the Other arrives as a rupture that lets fall an object not found in reality, and delivers the speaking being over to the incessant work of the drive, that “myth” through which psychoanalysis approaches that excess put to work in the body and psyche of the speaking being by being subject to language and the Other of the address.  

The mother’s desire articulates the Other’s voice to the name-of-the-father which links the subject to its history, culture, and familial habitus through the Ego Ideal.  In his early seminar on Psychosis, Lacan linked the subjective structure of psychosis to the Freudian concept of foreclosure (Verwerfung).  There where the name is foreclosed, or there where a first signifier is not given, a hole ex-sists, a defect in the Uni-verse of the subject that in the experience of psychosis calls for a solution in the delusional enterprise of the psychotic subject.  


In the aftermath of Lacan’s “Introduction to the Names-of-the-Father” in 1963 a hole insists and haunts Lacan’s teaching until its its term insofar as the seminar not given remains an elusive and allusive point of reference that is fundamental for thinking through the logic and experience of psychoanalysis as an experience taking place in speech that arises from and leads to the space and time of the unspeakable, or unconscious.  


In this seminar we will work on and from the environs of the hole thinking through the ways in which the paternal metaphor, the question of the father in the psychoanalytic experience, and the beyond of the father and the phallus in the other jouissance are fundamental in the experience of the human as speaking being. 



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Faculty: Christopher Meyer, PhD, Analyst of the School

When: 1 Saturday per month, September 2021-June, 2022

Dates: First Meeting, September 25, 2021

Day and Time: 4th Saturday of each month 10am-12:30pm

Location: Online 

Contact: Christopher Meyer, PhD

(323) 930-9662

Fees:  $60.00 per class/students $40.00 or School Tuition


This course is approved by the Medical Board of California to train Research Psychoanalysts and by the California Psychological Association to provide Continuing Education Units for Licensed Psychologists. This course is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide Continuing Education Units for Marriage and Family Therapists and Psychiatric Social Workers. LSP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Christopher Meyer, Ph.D. Analyst of the School and Faculty of LSP, a member of the Freudian School of Quebec, a member of GIFRIC and member of the California Psychoanalytic Circle of the Freudian School of Quebec. He has a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy located in Beverly Hills, CA and he is the Doctoral Program Director in the Individual Adult Psychotherapy Program at The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, CA. 


Tel: 323.930.9662