1st Edition

Exploring Lacan’s Encore Seminar XX The Torus of Reason

By Raul Moncayo, Barri Belnap, Greg Farr Copyright 2024
    226 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    226 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Exploring Lacan’s Encore Seminar XX examines the themes presented in Encore, the seminar presented by Lacan between 1972 and 1975.

    Raul Moncayo, Barri Belnap, and Greg Farr focus on Lacan’s presentation of the theory of the Third Jouissance, clarifying the difference between jouissance as a concept and as a word. The authors argue that although there are many words that Lacan uses for jouissance, there are only five concepts of jouissance: the first is inconvenient, the second is convenient and inconvenient, while the last three are convenient and constructive.

    Exploring Lacan’s Encore Seminar XX will be essential reading for academics and scholars of Lacanian studies, Lacanian analysts, and readers interested in Lacan’s theories of the 1970s.

    1    Writing, Love, and the Four Levels of the Signifier   2   “Idizwadidiz”   3     The Metapsychology Past, Present, and Future    4     Listening to Signifiers and Hearing the Effect of Meaning   5    Clarity and Conceptual Uncertainty (The Universe as a Flower of Rhetoric)     6     Apparatus of Jouissance, a New Ego in the Real, and the Question of a Protolanguage   7     S1–S0 Relations: You Only Know the Unmarked Zero by First Knowing the One Mark   8     Being, Language, Love, and ‘Be–ernal–ng’  9     A Logic and a Grammar That Cannot Be “Arithmetized”   10     The Ethics of the Second Death in Psychoanalysis    11     The Language of the One and the Language of the Other  12     Sexuation and Three Forms of Jouissance Beyond the Phallus  13     Differences among Femininity, Mystical Jouissance, and Psychosis   14     Agape and Eros, the G-d of the Law and the G-d of Jouissance   15    The Different Meanings of S2, the Signifier as Semblance   16     Significance, Knotting, and ‘Naughting’   17     Formalization, Scaling, and Measurement   18     Gender Discourse, the Phallus, and the Objet a   19     Connaissance and Savoir (Rings of String, Topology, and Computation)   20     Does a Rat Have Being? The Being of the Subject as a Necessary Hypothesis (Experienced or Supposed)   21     Lalangue, Unconscious Knowledge, and the Soul


    Dr. Raul Moncayo has taught at many academic institutions in the Bay Area and abroad. As a retired training director of a large public psychiatric clinic in the Mission district or barrio of San Francisco, he formed and informed generations of clinicians. Dr. Moncayo was founding member of LSP (Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis). He is also the founder of the Chinese American Center for Freudian and Lacanian Analysis and Research. He has published 12 books with Karnac and Routledge. Among them are Psychoanalysis and American Literature; Lacan and Chan Buddhism; The Practice of Lacanian Psychoanalysis; and Knowing, not-Knowing and Jouissance.

    Dr. Barri Belnap, MD, is a physician and psychoanalyst. A graduate of Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, she completed residency and fellowship at The Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where she served as a senior clinician for 27 years. Now she is devoted to her private psychoanalytic practice, study of group relations, and leadership. Her speaking and writings span topics from psychoanalytic techniques of PTSD and psychosis and psychopharmacology to affect theory.

    Greg Farr currently serves professionally as the Archivist of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut and was formally employed as the Archivist and Librarian at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Greg first developed his interest in Lacan’s works during his doctorate studies in the Philosophy of Religion at Boston University. He earned his undergraduate degree in Religious Studies at the University of Montana and his Master’s Degree of Theological Studies again at Boston University. Greg additionally completed two years of graduate study in Philosophical Theology at the University of Virginia and subsequently earned an MLIS degree at Drexel University in 2012.