The End(s) of Analysis: Last Words, And the Work of the Drive in their Beyond

“I don’t know how I’m going to be able to get up and walk out of here.” These words of an analysand nearing what would be the last year of his analysis figured as a frame for imagining the end of an analysis. When heard with Freud, they indicate a specific encounter for the analysand with the riddle of Oedipus insofar as it points towards the experience and time of castration—a time of limping in a field beyond the father both as function and name. The riddle of the Sphynx, the riddle Oedipus was able to solve, concerns a numerical movement from 4, to two, and finally, to three as it describes the arc of a life from infancy to senescence, from the infant’s crawl, to walking on two feet (Homo erectus), to the slow movement towards the horizon of death as one moves forward with the support of an object (the cane, or third “leg”) or apparatus in a field that lies beyond the vanity of the ego.

For this year-long seminar we work with Freud through Lacan’s savoir in order to enter into the aftermath of the Freudian, psychoanalytic rupture. This aftermath necessarily brings us to the question of endpoints, to the defect and failure of the signifier to say it all, and to a consideration of how a Lacanian School is renewed on the basis of its capacity to sustain more work and more speech on the question of the end and ends of psychoanalysis at the level of experience and logic.

“I begin again. I am beginning again because I thought I might have been able to finish,” Lacan says as he begins his twenty-first seminar, Les non-dupes errant. Seminar XIX and XXI will serve as the parenthetical marks of our year-long seminar devoted to the question of the beginning and the end in the psychoanalytic experience.

Readings will include:
Freud, S. (1937) Analysis Terminal and Interminable (Trans. James Strachey). The Standard
Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud. Vol. IX: 209-254.
London: The Hogarth Press.
Lacan, J. (2018). … or Worse, The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book XIX, (Trans. A.R. Price).
Cambridge, England: Polity.
Lacan, J. (1973-1974). The Seminar of Jacques Lacan. Book XXI, Les non-dupes errant. Cormac
Gallagher, Trans.

Faculty: Christopher Meyer, PhD, Analyst of the School
Day and Time: Monthly on Saturdays, Sept. 2020 – July, 2021 beginning, Sept.26
10:00 AM-12:30 PM PST – Additional dates TBC
Location: Online and in Los Angeles at the Maple Counseling Center
9107 Wilshire Bl., LL. Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Contact: Christopher Meyer, PhD (323) 930-9662
Fee: $60.00 per class/students $40.00, or LSP tuition. (There is no charge for current interns and trainees of the Maple Center)

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.