Coextension of Psychoanalysis & Subjective Topology; A future for Psychoanalysis
This two day-event offers a formative lesson in four parts with Jean-Gérard Bursztein, It will be of interest to those who want to come to know how to work with psychoanalysis as subjective topology.
Start: Sat 17th March 2018 at 10:00
End: Sun 18th March 2018 at 16:30

This two day-event is a rare opportunity. Offering a formative lesson in four parts, it will be of interest to those who want to come to know how to work with psychoanalysis as subjective topology.

Jean-Gérard Bursztein, author of 'The Topological Transformation of Freud's Theory', stands to emphasise that there is no bipolarity between psychoanalysis and subjective topology; it is the same thing. Approaching psychoanalytical perception of the unconscious in this way is necessary because the unconscious is itself a formalisation whose structure other concepts cannot reach. Subjective topology is, then, the only way to proceed for opening the unconscious and having access to the structure that constitutes it.

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In a project responding to the question of how to transmit psychoanalysis through the ordering of its operative insights, Bursztein recuperates and builds on the force and originality of Freud and Lacan’s discoveries, reworking familiar psychoanalytical concepts from a topological perspective.Bursztein will develop the Lacanian theory of the structure of the unconscious as cut and the Borromean knot with the concept of Lalangue, where Lalangue refers to the first mnemic traces, termed "Letters" by Lacan, which coat the signifiers of language with traces of lack of jouissance and trauma. Commencing with the concept of the unconscious in its coextensiveness to structure and to the cut, Bursztein deploys the opening and closing movement of the Mobius strip to afford representation to the otherwise opaque idea of the unconscious as a movement of opening and closing without a stop.Bursztein situates the idea of psychoanalysis as subjective topology as clearly present in Lacan’s thinking in 1972; notably in the text, L’etourdit[i] (‘someone dizzy’, and literally, ‘turning speech’). This provides a new foundation for psychoanalysis in relation to what JGB terms ‘fundamental topology’ and a major step in the theorisation of psychoanalysis. On this precise point, topology is not a theory, it is a knowledge. The difference between these two concepts being that with a theory one can have some ideas about an issue without knowing what to do about it. Topology, then, is not a theory but a pure element of psychoanalytical knowledge; an achievement of knowledge.In Bursztein's elaboration, Lacan comes to be situated alongside Aristotle and René Thom who, each in their own way, found as he did that topology affords coherent illumination regarding how we construe our way of knowing.

Recommended preparatory reading:

Bursztein, J-G, Topological Transformation of Freud's Theory, Karnac Books, 2015.


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