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In Memoriam of Psychoanalyst John Stone

Analyst and Member of the School John Stone died on 12/25/2015 after a prolonged illness. John had not been in touch with the School for some time but he is warmly remembered.

« Since he left the country side of Texas, John Stone was committed to know about psychoanalysis.He visited many psychoanalytical institutes until he found shelter in our Lacanian School. John was a gentle, generous and original person, pursuing his own investigations in the different orientations of psychoanalysis. » —Andre Patsalides.

John arrived to the School thanks to Andre and over the years manifested a real passion for psychoanalysis including the works of Bion and Lacan. In addition to teaching seminars on Bion and Lacan he was a supervisor and dear friend of several school members and candidates. He made his historic Berkeley landmark home available for seminars and gatherings of the school over the years.

John will be missed!

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New Analysts of the School

June 25, 2017, we had wonderful Passage presentations and a delightful dinner to celebrate our new Analysts: Fernando Castrillon, Psy.D, Benjamin Davidson, Ph.D., and Chris Meyer, Ph.D. You can read the bios for further information.

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Perversion: A Lacanian Psychoanalytic Approach to the Subject by Stephanie Swales

This is the most in-depth, clinically astute, and illuminating exploration of perversion that I know of! Swales convincingly guides us through the maze of sadism, masochism, voyeurism, exhibitionism, and fetishism, illustrating her discussions throughout with eye-opening case material. A must-read book for all clinicians wishing to work with patients many shy away from owing to myriad transferential difficulties and misconceptions.” – Bruce Fink, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Duquesne University

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Lalangue, Sinthome, Jouissance, and Nomination – A Reading Companion and Commentary on Lacan’s Seminar XXIII on the Sinthome by Raul Moncayo

This work represents one of the few initiatives in the Anglo-Saxon world to elucidate the structure of psychic space by constructing an access to the nature of mathematical relations. Finding pathways through the complexities of sexual love is notoriously difficult: Raul Moncayo shows how Lacan’s psychoanalytic results have found some solutions to many of these difficulties and problems. Lacan formulated the spaces of the mind by using instruments such as his graph of desire: Moncayo’s book takes further the investigation of the “not-both” which has been fundamental to philosophy – and to mathematics and cosmology – since the time of Parmenides.

Bernard Burgoyne, Emeritus Professor of Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University.

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Incandescent Alphabets. Psychosis and the Enigma of Language by Annie Rogers


Psychosis, an invasion of mind and body from without, creates an enigma about what is happening and thrusts the individual into radical isolation. What are the subjective details of such experiences? This book explores psychosis as knowledge cut off from history, truth that cannot be articulated in any other form. Delusion is a new language made of ‘incandescent alphabets’ that the psychotic adopts from imposed voices. The psychotic uses language in a singular way to found and explain a strange experience that he or she cannot exit. Through the exegesis of language in psychosis based on first person accounts, the book orients readers to an enigmatic Other, pervasive and inescapable, that will come to inhabit every aspect of the psychotic’s being, thought and bodily experience. Drawing on the author’s own experience of psychosis and psychoanalysis, as well as conversations with analyst colleagues, Dr Rogers offers ways to listen to language in delusion, and argues for the promise of a modified psychoanalytic treatment with psychosis.

‘This extraordinary book about psychosis as an encounter and relationship with language draws the reader in through a narrative that shows us how lacking mainstream psychiatric and psychoanalytic diagnostic categories are. Incandescent Alphabets is an amazing conceptual and poetic alternative that makes of the experience of psychosis an illuminated manuscript from which readers learn about the author, the people she works with, and about themselves.’
–– Ian Parker, psychoanalyst and author of Psychology after Psychoanalysis: Psychosocial Studies and Beyond

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