The Triumph of Religion
The Triumph of Religion
Translated by Bruce Fink
"I am the product of priests", Lacan once said of himself. Educated by the Marist Brothers (or Little Brothers of Mary), he was a pious child and acquired considerable, personal knowledge of the torments and cunning of Christian spirituality. He was wonderfully able to speak to Catholics and to bring them around to psychoanalysis. Jesuits flocked to his school.

Freud, an old-style Enlightenment optimist, believed religion was merely an illusion that the progress of the scientific spirit would dissipate in the future. Lacan did not share this belief in the slightest: he thought, on the contrary, that the true religion, Roman Catholicism, would take in everyone in the end, pouring bucketsful of meaning over the ever more insistent and unbearable real that we, in our times, owe to science.

- Jacques-Alain Miller
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  • October 2013 (hb)
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  • 96 pages
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Note by Jacques-Alain Miller
Discourse to Catholics

Lecture Announcement
I. Regarding Morality, Freud Has What It Takes
II. Can Psychoanalysis Constitute the Kind of Ethics Necessitated by our Times?

The Triumph of Religion

I. Governing, Educating, and Analyzing
II. The Anxiety of Scientists
III. The Triumph of Religion
IV. Closing in on the Symptom
V. The Word Brings Jouissance
VI. Getting Used to the Real
VII. Not Philosophizing
Translator’s Notes
Bibliographical Information
About the Author
Jacques Lacan (1901–1981) was one of the twentieth century's most influential thinkers.  His many works include Écrits, The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho-analysis and the many other volumes of The Seminars.
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