To Have Done with the Judgement of God: The Analyst as Advocate (A Cure for Psychosis)

May 19, 2017
6:30 PM 9:30 PM

When it comes to psychosis – which is co-produced between the Subject and the Other ($ <> A) – the cure requires more than the treatment of the Psychiatrist or the neutrality of the Analyst. It requires the Analyst as Advocate ($ <>a/A) – the Analyst as object of speech where the Other fades. The Advocate – an invention of modern democratic law – is the one who speaks for. It would appear that this is the opposite of the analytic ethic but in the case of psychosis in which the voice has been absented, the analyst must join the ethic of listening with the consequent ethic of speaking for in relation to what has been heard. The practice of the analytic advocate is related to the Pass procedure which Lacan invented where the passeur advocates for the analysand to a jury. This practice is also related to that of the artist and poet: a test at the point of psychosis – a testament at the point of madness. Analytica will assemble a supreme court of experts on Psychoanalysis, Anti-Psychiatry, and Critical Legal Studies to hear testimony on the Clinic of Psychosis.