My discourse proceeds in the following way: each term is sustained only in its topological relation with the others.

Jacques Lacan | Book XI: The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis

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LX:60 | A Kind of Refusal of Understanding

Commenting on a text is like doing an analysis. How many times have I said to those under my supervision, when they say to me - I had the impression he meant this or that - that one of the things we must guard most against is to understand too much, to understand more than what is in the discourse of the subject. To interpret and to imagine one understands are not at all the same things. It is precisely the opposite. I would go as far as to say that it is on the basis of a kind of refusal of understanding that we push open the door to analytic understanding. (73)


Lacan, Jacques. The Seminar of Jacques Lacan Book I: Freud's Papers on Technique 1953-1954.  Trans. John Forrester.  Ed. Jacques-Alain Miller.  W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 1991.

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