The Logic and Experience of the Well-Said in Psychoanalysis: Analytic Ethics in the Lacanian School

This year’s training builds upon the work of last year’s “Analytic Act and its Evidence” weekend seminar and arises as its logical consequence insofar as speech and writing about what arises from the analytic act calls for an ethics of the well spoken in the psychoanalytic School that follows in the wake of Lacan’s return to Freud. In Television and The Triumph of Religion, Lacan defines the speaking being as the unconscious. Psychoanalysis is an experience of speech whose advent and future resides in the capacity of its practitioners to maintain a position that welcomes what Lacan defined in his early years as “full speech,” but which in the later Lacan concerns speech that holds onto the Real. From its beginning to its end therefore, psychoanalysis is an experience grounded in and oriented by speech.

While Lacan’s Seminar VII introduces an ethics of desire in all of its excess and impossibility as regards das Ding at work in the human, or speaking being, the later Lacan re-orients this ethic in terms of the well-spoken as truth holds on to the Real of the body. From its very beginnings in Freud’s work with hysterics psychoanalysis creates the conditions of possibility for bodies that are speaking yet lacking any guarantee that they will be heard. How does Lacan’s ethics of the Well-spoken support the capacity of psychoanalysis to welcome and work with the unconscious in clinical presentations often deemed unfit for analytic treatment, for example, in the clinic of “severity”—in addiction, psychosis, and the borderline?

Finally, this weekend training grapples with the question of how a Lacanian School, envisioned, proposed, and implemented by Lacan yet none-the-less dissolved by him is linked to an ethics of speech at the level of analytic discourse in a social bond that ex-sists beyond the individual cure in the acts, work, and contributions that stand as the basis of the School’s construction.

Faculty: Christopher Meyer, PhD, Marcelo Estrada, Ben Davidson, PhD, Annie Rogers, PhD Bret Fimiani, PsyD
Day and Time: To be announced, likely May 1st and 2nd
Location: TBD, Los Angeles/Beverly Hills; online in the event of social distancing constraints
Contact: Christopher Meyer, PhD (323) 930-9662,
Fees: $250.00 /students $150.00, or LSP 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.