“You shall love above all in your soul what is most essential to you…. desire is only its empty place.”

Lacan’s 1960-61 seminar on transference was devoted largely to analyses of Plato’s Symposium and a trilogy of books by the controversial Catholic poet and dramatist Paul Claudel, linked enigmatically in an extended inquiry into analysis as “a particularly pure experience of desire” allowing for the reformation of the Imaginary.

We’ll spend the year in a close reading of Bruce Fink’s translation of Seminar VIII, along with the related papers from the Écrits: “Intervention on Transference” (1952), “The Individual Myth of the Neurotic” (1953) and “Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis” (1956). In so doing we’ll be guided by the spirit of Alexandre Kojève, who reportedly told Lacan that Plato’s talent lay as much in the way he concealed as in the way he revealed his thought, a text being “only the history of its interpretation: you can never interpret the Symposium properly if you don’t know why Aristophanes had hiccups.”

Faculty: Benjamin Davidson, Ph.D.
Location: Stanford University campus.
Day and Time: Biweekly on Wednesday afternoons from 5:00-7:00, from September 27.

For more information: 650.704-8226

LSP is approved by the Medical Board of California to train Research Psychoanalysts.