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Mark Rothko, Orange, Red, Yellow

Lacan ‘72/Lacan ‘22:  Lituraterre… or worse ?




The A-thing

Something of the One (Oneyance)




How does the playful, theoretically and logically rigorous outpouring of Lacan’s terms, puns and formulations in the year 1971-72 speak directly to the vicissitudes of psychoanalytic clinical praxis today, fifty years later?  


To what fate will we consign the Lacanian letter, the Lacanian literal or littoral, the Lacanian (litera-)terra, in our era, faced as we are with the recapitulation, intensification and acceleration of the metastatic crises he first identified in the Seventies?

We’ll engage this year in a close reading of Seminar XIX (... or Worse) alongside ‘The Knowledge of the Psychoanalyst,’ comprising the lectures he gave that same year at Sainte Anne Hospital (a return after his 1963 ‘excommunication’) as well as his published text Lituraterre in an attempt to sketch out, following the work of Néstor Braunstein, the trans-Oedipal clinical topos foreseen by Nietzsche and Sade—a zone beyond good and evil requiring ‘yet another effort’ by psychoanalysts on behalf of the parlêtre and in service of its ethical destiny.

Please contact Ben Davidson (information below) for more information.

Faculty: Ben Davidson
Dates and Times:  Biweekly Wednesdays from 5-7 PT, beginning September 28, 2022 and running through Spring

Location: Online

Fee:  free, donation to the School encouraged

Contact:  Ben Davidson (

Benjamin Davidson, Ph.D. Dr. Davidson is a faculty member and Research Analyst of the Lacanian School, and an Associate Dean of Students at Stanford University, where he has led seminars on Lacanian and Freudian analysis since 2010.  He maintains a private practice in Palo Alto and San Francisco, and is a co-editor and frequent contributor to the European Journal of Psychoanalysis.


Tel: 650.704.8226

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