Philadelphia Lacan Study Group

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

AUTHOR, AUTHORITY, AND AUTHORIZATION IN PSYCHOANALYSIS XII Online Seminar

DOES AUTHORITY HAVE A GENDER?
Lacan offers a controversial formula for analytic training: “The analyst’s authorization derives from her— or himself alone.” The self-authorization of the analyst does not mean that anyone can become an analyst but it entails a passage, a transformative crossing that causes a subjective change, a process linked to transference and not to bureaucracy. Self-authorization, placed in an area of ambiguity between author (the creator of a work) and authority (an agent of power), reveals a desire that does not fully depend on the Other. In 1974, Lacan reformulates this idea when he specifies that analysts authorize themselves with “some others”. He thus extends the idea of the analyst’s self-authorization by stating that one’s authorization as a sexed being comes from oneself. How can the principle of self-authorization be applied to matters of sexual identity? Is Lacan putting forward a new ethics of sexual difference? Is Lacan implying a feminine position for the analyst?

The reading seminars are an open forum for the discussion of psychoanalysis. Curated by Patricia Gherovici. Seminars are free and open to all. Reading list? Questions? Email: contact@lacangroup.org.

WHERE? This meeting will take place online (Zoom). Email: contact@lacangroup.org for connection details.
WHEN? Wednesday February 3, 2020 7:00 to 8:30 pm EST