The monthly magazine of opinion. Subscribe July Analysis Terminable To people who take their cues from the intellectual fashions of academe, any speculation about the decline and fall of… by Frederick C. Crews To people who take their cues from the intellectual fashions of academe, any speculation about the decline and fall of psychoanalsyis must seem premature or downright perverse. But given the diminished standing of psychoanalysis as a psychiatric modality and a theory of mind, it is questionable how much longer the Freudian vogue can last. Bodies of purportedly scientific thought, however dazzling they may be to people who take ideological inspiration from them, ultimately depend for survival on empirical support for their claims.
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Historical context[ edit ] In the s, Lacan was increasingly occupied with two intersecting themes: the issue of how to define and assess the end of a psychoanalysis; and the question of the relationship between psychoanalysis and science.
The following seminar in , The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis , displaced the question "is psychoanalysis a science? Although it is often referred to as the "Proposition on the Pass", the "Proposition of 9 October on the Psychoanalyst of the School" concerns two markedly different institutional titles: 1.
The first title, Analyst Member of the School A. The second title, Analyst of the School A. The Pass is the procedure that can lead to this second title A. The Pass involves the "passand" the candidate who addresses his request to the School , and a minimum of two "passers". It is to the latter that the passand, "in order to have himself authorised as an analyst of the School, will speak about his analysis". The jury will meet as a cartel and give its response: either nomination of Analyst of the School, or no nomination.
The passers are effectively "witnesses". They are not part of the jury. However, this was not without some dissention which saw the departure of a handful of more senior members who went on to found the Fourth Group. In , Lacan said that the Pass is "an experiment that is underway", and that in introducing it through a "Proposition", he was demonstrating great "caution".
In , Lacan expressed some dissatisfaction with the testimonies on the procedure of the Pass in the EFP, going so far as to say that the Pass was thwarted.
As further Schools were added to the World Association of Psychoanalysis, the Pass became available in other languages and in other countries besides France. The title A. The Procedure of the Pass has functioned with much greater transparency in the WAP than in the EFP: the testimonies by the passands to the passers are followed by public testimonies from the nominated Analysts of the School; the reports of the cartels of the Pass are published; and the inevitable questions raised by this delicate procedure are treated openly and in ad hoc institutional conferences.
These testimonies are printed in the journals of the Schools.
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