European psychoanalytic group for research and training on  the causes of illiteracy


Illiteracy, psychoanalysis and topology : (in French : illettrisme, psychanalyse et topologie)


Stop with warlike terminology !











We noted that illiteracy is a suffering which produces intelligence and this is why we we work "with" and "for" the illiterate people !


Each formulation indexed below were found on web sites dealing with the problems involved in illiteracy.  Not once we found a formula showing the beginning of a mark of respect towards the illiterate ones.

  • To overcome illiteracy
  • To fight against illiteracy
  • To finish with illiteracy
  • To suppress illiteracy
  • To eradicate illiteracy
  • To come to the end of illiteracy
  • Total war against illiteracy
  • To take the weapons against illiteracy...and so on...

The warlike terminology is the sign of unaccepted impotence, of imaginary impotence thus, which uses force to hide to itself and others that their is a hole in the human knowledge.  Hole without which it is difficult and even impossible to reach the opportunity of being a man. 

The Knowledge just as “the Woman”, is not complete!  The passion of Totality (love of the Whole) has, to see with the concept of “Total (or global) Planet”.

It leads to Totalitarianism by imitating the idea of God.  It is in fact a passion of ignorance of the hole in the Knowledge. 

We repeat it:  we hold for truth that illiteracy (as much as psychosis or autism) produces intelligence.


Consider the different meanings and connotations of the terms "literacy" and "illiteracy." In recent years, many educators and scholars have experienced a growing sense of dissatisfaction with the use of the term "illiteracy" and of the phrase "eradication of illiteracy" as defining terms for the field. It is time to take a critical look at the concept and connotations of the term "illiteracy." It is time to move away from framing policies and practices only on eradicating illiteracy; rather we should orient ourselves toward the problem of literacy. We should devote more attention to the task of developing high quality literacy work and not be content to count successes in reducing "quantities" of illiterates, since this approach oversimplifies the nature and causes of low literacy worldwide.

The terminological change from illiteracy to literacy would signal a conceptual shift, one that opens up a wider range of new approaches to literacy work.

The term "illiteracy" connotes a variety of "deficits" such as:

  • complete inability to read and write,
  • lack of schooling,
  • lack of knowledge, and
  • lack of "culture."

The term "literacy," by contrast, covers a broad range of positive qualities that can be improved through education and effort. These include:

  • culturally appropriate definitions of knowledge, skills, and practices;
  • variety of skills (reading, writing, calculating, workplace, etc.); and
  • levels of abilities across differing skills.

Bush calls for war on illiteracy

With his education plan stalled in Congress, the president stumps at a Jacksonville school.


St. Petersburg Times,
published September 11, 2001


JACKSONVILLE -- President Bush stumped for his education reform package at a Jacksonville school on Monday by breaking the complex plan down to one of its most compelling components: getting children to read.
With about 50 children sitting cross-legged on the floor before him, and his brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, at his side, the president called on members of Congress to set aside party differences and join him in a "war on illiteracy."
"I don't think education should be a partisan issue," Bush told the audience squeezed into an auditorium at Justina Road Elementary School. "I know reading is not a partisan issue."



Other web sites on Topology or mathematics

Other interesting web site on psychoanalysis  (

PLACE - Psychoanalysis Los Angeles California Extension

What is Lacanian psychoanalysis ?

How does Lacanian analysis address the question of mysticism ?

Is topology used as a model in psychoanalysis ?

What is a psychoanalytic position on  current DNA research and homosexuality ?


Some of our other pages :


Another approach towards illiteracy

Joyce the Symptom : Conference given by J. Lacan in the large auditorium of the Sorbonne on the 16th of June, 1975

Illiteracy and Sexuation - (French Essai on illiteracy), by Charley Supper (Download)

The Lost Topology of Psychoanalysis (La Topologie Perdue de la Psychanalyse) , by Robert Groome

What is "a cartel" in psychoanalysis ?

Recurso a las propuestas de Gottlob Frege,  by Luisa Matallana (Spanish text)

The topological Denouement of the cure, by Robert Groome

Invention of the concept of "Real" by Lacan, from Charley Supper

Frege's Predicate Calculus and Theory of Concepts (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)


Lacan's version of the Signifer

The Signifer "Europe"

The lying of illiteracy

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein

Illiteracy and Topology - Adam and Eve, by Charley Supper

Topology-Knots and Unknots

Illiteracy and Globalisation by Charley Supper

Free Internet publications on education (Canadian)

El poder de la palabra vacia (The Power of the Empty Word). Hugo Calello y Susana Neuhaus - An analysis of the populist political discourse, supported by the disguisable plan regarding the ideology as language and by Adorno's idea of "empty word".  Text (in spanish only)

Knot theory

Iconicity and Metaphor in Sign Languages : Recent Studies by Sarah Lind

What is Psychoanalysis ?

Illiteracy and Sexuation

What is Topology ?

Pas Tout Lacan : All the writtings of Lacan (in French) to download on "L'école lacanienne de Psychanalyse"

Illiteracy and topology definitions - The Guide of every days words and current English and French expressions













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