About the School

About the School

The School of the Freudian Letter

The School of the Freudian Letter (SFL) is a school of psychoanalytic formation; with the principle of formation taken as a work in progress. With Freud and Lacan as companions in this work, the SFL welcomes those “who are interested in their action, to that which consists in this essential change of ethical and subjective motivation introduced into our world by analysis.” [1]

The School of the Freudian Letter, then, invites participation of Analysands whose desire is taken up in making psychoanalysis exist in their world today.

An Analysand is here deemed to be a desiring subject; one who opts for psychoanalysis as a way of responding to the unbearable real of their symptom. What is axiomatic for the School of the Freudian Letter is the ethics of psychoanalysis as a compass for navigating this real of our experience and, thereby, orienting each in their actions. It is on the basis of such an axiom that a social bond can be wrought from this real and therefrom incessantly renewed; transforming the unbearable of the symptom through the vicissitudes of work realised as a writing of what Lacan came to term ‘Sinthome’. This is the wager of the SFL; that this social bond, this ‘Sinthome’, that each enacts through their collaborative work in the name of the School of the Freudian Letter shall be its witness, its remainder, its writing, its fact.

This invitation to constitute the School of the Freudian Letter is a response to problems in our world; problems as they confront each of us in the multiple horizons of our experience and at our very knotting as speaking beings: Symbolic, Imaginary and Real.

 

Penny Georgiou

[1] Lacan, J Problèmes cruciaux pour la psychoanalyse ou Les positions sujectives de l’etre. 1964-1965  Leçon janvier 27 1965 “Je veux ici des gens qui soient intéressés dans leur action, à ce que comporte ce changement essentiel de la motivation éthique et subjective qu’introduit dans notre monde, l’analyse.”


 

Brief address to the SFL

 

Dear Members and possible members of the SFL,

The School of the Freudian Letter was established ‘officially’ on July 5, 2014. It was already up and running in Cyprus many months before that. It is in its origins a Cypriot School, which also means Greek by culture. Civilisation had an interest in its Discontents in the form of Schools of ethics. The Lacanian orientation in so far it finds its roots in Freud’s doctrine continues that interest. Just as war is politics by other means, politics is ethics by other means. I think this point has Aristotelian links. Psychoanalysis adds the death drive and tries to grasp what to do with it. It almost always grasps us before we grasp it. If psychoanalysis is an ethics, then it also must be politics by other means. The SFL will not hesitate to renew psychoanalysis not just at the level of theory and practice but at the level of politics. We’ll do that with its bearings on Lacan’s teaching as Lacan used Freud’s doctrine for his.

Theory and practice constitutes the backbone of psychoanalysis. Lacan reformulated psychoanalysis three times. The first time happened after his encounter in 1949 with the theory of the signifier as Lévi-Strauss was using it. Well before the second time he remarked upon the ambiguity of the word être as something that operates in the field of satisfaction as il se satisfait de l’être, the ambiguity found on p. 60 of S6 (1958-9). Lacan for the third time faced the theory of the sinthome and of the Borromean Knot with il se satisfait de l’être.

‘Making an offer creates demand’ Lacan said somewhere concerning what recruits the subject to his School. The phrase is a make-believe economic principle. ‘Making an offer creates desire’ is the effect it produces.

I myself have found myself at a rather advanced age amongst some rather energetic and inspiring people.

 

Richard Klein, President of the SFL