The Ethics of Psychoanalysis
The Seminar of
Edited by Jacques-Alain Miller
Translated with notes by Dennis Porter
The Ethics of Psychoanalysis 1959-1960
The Seminar of Jacques Lacan
'Given all that is implied by the phrase, the ethics of psychoanalysis willallow me, far more than anything else, to test the categories that I believeenable me to give you through my teaching the most suitable instrumentsfor understanding what is new both in Freud's work and in the experienceof psychoanalysis that derives from it.'
With these words Jacques Lacan begins his famous seminar on ethics, inwhich he discusses the problem of sublimation, the paradox of
the essence of tragedy (a reading of Sophocles's
and the tragicdimension of analytical experience. Delving into the psychoanalyst's inevit-able involvement with ethical questions and the 'attraction of transgression',Lacan clarifies many of his key concepts, as well as his criticisms of certaintrends in psychoanalysis. One of the most influential French intellectuals of this century, Lacan is seen here at the height of his powers.