It nevertheless remains that there is a question that I opened up, last year, at my first lecture whichappeared - when I say last year, I do not mean last October/November, the October/November before -the one that was published in the
Cahiers pour la psychanalyse
, under the title of
Truth and science
.The question remains open in it as to why - the statement by Lenin that introduces this journal - why "thetheory will conquer because it is true"?
What I said earlier about the psychoanalyst, for example, does not immediately give to this statement avery convincing sanction.
Marx himself on this matter, as on so many others, let slip something that does not fail to be an enigma.Like many others before him, in effect, beginning with Descartes, he proceeded, as regards the truth,according to a singular strategy that he states somewhere in these pungent words: "The advantage of my dialectic is that I say things (4) little by little and, since they believe that I am finished, in rushing in torefute me, they only display their stupidity". It may appear curious that someone from whom thereproceeds this idea that "the theory will conquer because it is true", should express himself in that way.
Politics of the truth and, in a word, its complement, in the idea that, in short, only what I called earlier "the number" - namely, what is reduced to being only number, namely, what is called in the Marxistcontext "class consciousness", in so far as it is the class of number - cannot be mistaken! A curiousprinciple, nevertheless, on which all those who have the merit of having pursued Marxist truth in faithhave never varied.