The following pages in no way aim to be exhaustive nor to speak the truth about the truth [dire le vrai sue le vrai] with respect to Lacan’s work. These lessons present what, in my view, constitute the two major pillars of Lacan’s theory, the unconscious and jouissance, as well as concepts which derive from them, including the signifier, the subject of the unconscious, and object a. I must choose not to consider numerous aspects of Lacan’s work in order to concentrate on these concepts which, for me, best reveal the logic that is implicit in Lacan’s thought. It is thus “my” Lacan, as it were, that I present in these pages. The image of Lacan that is reflected is not that of the man, of his writings, or of his style, but rather that of a logic, an essential schema of his thought that guides me in my work with my patients.
The best teaching that I received from Lacan is this liberty of engaging an author to the point of recreating him.
Nasio, Juan-David. Five Lessons on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Jacques Lacan. Trans. Pettigrew, David and François Raffoul. State University of New York Press 1998. Prefatory Remarks.