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


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


Who we are ! 




We are above all psychoanalysts interested by a work on the Letter (with a big "L").


by the importance of the metonymy and metaphor through analytical work, political discourse and manifestations of art.

by the importance of the writing, in what it leads to the return of the driven back meaning,  in the form of what we call the Letter.

by the importance of the Letter when (in the mathematics or topological fields) it comes to mark a place where one cannot write any nonsense.

We crossed the way of other people, professors, researchers, artists, doctors, judges, teachers, administrators, data processing specialists, philosophers, theologians... who gave us the desire to join without forcing ourselves, to put in correspondence our points of view without to plug on our dissensions.

It's enough with the idea to "fight against" illiteracy or anything else. We just try to work "with" and "for" the illiterate ones.

We are for the creation of a "clinical" theory of illiteracy in order to organize a prevention of it.

We are experimented in the fact that contradictory debate introduce "Another discourse" than the one we use to ear about illiteracy. What we are talking about is that the uncertain of the living creature depends of the Letter' own sort.

What we are speaking about is the importance of language.

The human being, according to us, is given to be understand through its logical errors, its defects and its perpetual deformations of the language.

We do not want these demonstrations to be reduced to a disease, a malformation or a deficiency: terms which inaugurate of a cure, a rehabilitation or a possible adaptation of illiterates people and makes them regarded as sub men.

We do not want either of warlike terminology ; we are not fighting against the illiterate ones nor even against illiteracy. As we said before, we work with and "for" the illiterate ones.

Our question is about the mode of production of humanity. Our real question is : "What kind of society for what kind of a human being" ? What kind of world do we want and for what kind of human ?

We have made our choice for a society acted by and through the Language, because we think that illiteracy, as much as psychosis, autism or other heavy nuisances, produces intelligence.


                                                                                           Christine Mercier-CHANVIN and Charley SUPPER



Towards An “Existence of Discourse by Marie-Hélène Briole. (Extract)

When in 1972 Lacan introduced his concept of llanguage, this supposed going beyond sense and even in the opposite direction; it implied written language. “One must enter into the matrix of discourse through the sign and not through sense” is Eric Laurent's proposal in La Conversation d'Arcachon(4).
How can the concept of llanguage be explained?

In his address to the Rome Congress of the EFP in November 1974, “Théorie de la lalangue,”(6) Jacques-Alain Miller defined it thus: “Llanguage is made up of no matter what, of whatever is lying around, in pits and in salons. The misunderstanding is everywhere. [. . .] Homophony is the motor of llanguage. [. . .] To say llanguage in one word is to designate llanguage of sound, implied llanguage, the one before the master signifier, the one analysis seems to deliver and release.

Returning to Lacan's assertion that “language is a wild ranting of
knowledge about llanguage
,” he focuses on the distance existing between llanguage and language: “The question of how the master nabs llanguage is the same as the question of how the One comes to seize llanguage, to break it again, to articulate it, of how the master incarnates in it, assumes language; that is to say, comes to write himself.

He concludes in these terms: “The unconscious is made up of
llanguage, whose effects go much further than communication, since they trouble the body and the soul, as in thought


4 TN: Amante religieuse = religious mistress.
5 E. Laurent, La Conversation d'Arcachon, Agalma-Seuil, coll. Le Paon, Paris, 1997, p. 186.
6 J.-A. Miller, “Théorie de la lalangue,” Ornicar ? 1, Le Graphe, Paris, 1975, pp. 30–32.
4 Marie-Hélène Briole: Towards An “Existence of Discourse”



Some of our other pages :


Another approach towards illiteracy

Topological approach to the symbolic Sexuation, by Charley Supper

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 - Stop with warlike terminology !

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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