Faubourg du Temple, february
The "Real" of
Lacan invents the final version of the concept
of Real (which will become the Real
of Lacan) in its seminar “the
identification” where he speaks
unceasingly about the reversal and the inversion and especially about a sentence
extracted from Kant where the matter is : “Ein
leerer Gegenstand ohne Begriff”
(the emptiest conceptual object with absolutely
no possibility to seize it with the hand).
He put into
practice that about which he is speaking,
perhaps even without realizing it (why not!), he
transforms the German adjective “leer”
turns it over (as he did with the saussurian
of which he made
He reverse it to make Réel (in
French). The Real, concept that he
will use definitively and all the time.
who means in German: vacuum, unoccupied,
vacant (sometime : meaningless)
who is a superlative and means: “the most
I am not sure that he realized what he was
doing, even if always, Lacan applied to its
speech what he was speaking about or what he was
Inversion or reversal ->
Translation of the German words
employed by Kant:
The concept, idea, notion.
The object (. : object, subject,
Gegenstandlos: without object, superfluity.
adj. concrete, clearly, objective.
the vacuum, inanity.
draining, evacuation, emptying,
(adj.): vacuum, unoccupied, vacant
(verb): to empty, evacuate
The Real of Lacan
is in total
opposition and contradiction with the
real of science.
1- The Real of Lacan
Field of the Trinity where the things can be
at the same time, present and not present !
It is a
never a human has, did not have, nor will
not have access. It is an empty place and
bottomless where, under the sign of
eternity, are represented in hollow the Unit
and the Infinite, as with some invisible ink
on a support of absence.
It is the place where the name of God is
It is a hole always
already empty from immemorial time and from
which the effectiveness of the discourse
effects can rise for those who accepted to
the Symbolic Death System (or Symbolic
It is the place where
are filed with abundance all the tools
necessary to the exercise of
It is the residence of the three big letters
Art, Other and Love.
One can find there in an infinite number,
all the letters necessary to the writing of
a novel… The more you use them, the more
there number grows !
It is the place where the Infinite can be
seized from its negation, like an Infinite
that is not.
But the fact of quoting it even in its
negation realises it, just like when one
says "the centaur". Everybody knows that it
has two arms and four legs and yet that does
2 - The real of science
Field of the binary one where the things are
present or not present !
the same hole than the real of Lacan, but
in a madly pathological attempt
to fill it,
without holding account that this way to
consider the hole leads to definitive
addiction. The More you fill it, the more it
grows bigger. The invention of a vaccine
creates several new diseases.
The infinite is the place that science seeks
That is called the madness!
Index of the lacanian formulas in
pagination below, returns to the specimen
(in French) of “the
Identification” extracts from
“Pas Tout Lacan
(to be downloaded on
the web site of "L'école
lacanienne de Psychanalyse"
in the file:
About the sentence of Kant: “Ein leerer
Gegenstand ohne Begriff”
About Reversal :
About Inversion :