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Legal prerogatives.

‘For a  juridical conception of love’.[1]





It is the concluding an analysis work, surely it is too : where trusting his, or her own analyst is crucial for the work of both, patient and analyst, who infact ascribe themselves as allies and fellows, up to partners indeed, in re-forming an effective defense for the subject ‘en souff(e)rance’[2].

Trust is already Faith – and already in the memory of a child, not at all naivety or ingenuousness : however it will be a possible mistake in ascribing the treachery of his, or her own trust to point out a naivety and a not-innocence then, for which also a child can hold himself, or herself, responsible[3] : unconscious is legal as doesn’t cause but rather ascribes the offer received by a partner, coming into the reality by this way.

The Report proposed by Maria Delia Contri offers then an indispensable plug to maybe an articulation of ‘Tre capitoli’[4], by which Giacomo B. Contri offered his own experience of a conclusive analytical work, without making an ‘infantilism’ with the child also a psychoanalyst was.

This also proves a definitive distance – which Maria delia Contri well argued – from the Lacan’s doctrine, by which “The first obstacle to its scientific value is that a connection with the  truth as a cause, in its material aspects, has been neglected in the circle of its labour.”[5]

By Lacan, a subject would remain splitted between truth and reality, able just to protect himself – or herself – “on one side by a phobia, on the other side covering with the surface on which the subject will put up a fetish”[6] : the psychoanalysis then “…grows the side of material cause” of the ‘truth’ of a subject, as a ‘lack’ himself, or herself ?

Really nothing ‘causes’ any individual thinking, nor the ‘truth’ of the subject indeed : and the questions by the university students, which were not long in coming, referred to the indispensable essay published by Freud in 1924, and named ‘The economic problem of masochism’.

“…I care to be remembered about a juridical conception of love, and about the science of thinking (i.e.  the unconscious)”[7]: the legacy is, by me, ‘the hundredfold down here’ of an analytical cure as it is a work experience with a certain outcome, whose confirmation is up only to the patient, as a qualified partner in the cure.

The ‘reduction’, demanded by Lacan, is really a ‘subtraction’ in view of a ‘generalizable’ science – so distanced and ‘divided’ by the truth of a subject – and already ‘removal’ of that ‘drive’ pointed by Freud as not-istinctual at all, human ‘law’ indeed.[8]

Maybe there are patients who prefer competence to ‘consolance’ : the latter too, from now on, the Training of Psychoanalysts should take in duly account.


Marina Bilotta Membretti - Cernusco sul Naviglio / May 21, 2022



<Original painting by Gianni Russomando>[9]



[1] ‘Per una concezione giuridica dell’amore’ is the title of the Report presented by the psychoanalyst Maria Delia Contri last May 9 at the ‘Università degli Studi’ in Milan, in the context of meetings organized by the university students of ‘Pensare con Freud’. Maria Delia Contri is maybe the person who most closely accompanied Giacomo B. Contri in his professional and human path : engaged in her own analytical work between the 70s and 80s, in 1973 participated with Giacomo B. Contri and other colleagues in the foundation of the psychoanalitic Association ‘Scuola Freudiana’ which moved from criticizing the scientific nature of Lacan’s doctrine; later, in 1980, with his ‘Letter of Dissolution of E.D.P.’ Jacques Lacan himself dissolved the ‘Ecole Freudienne de Paris’ he had founded, and which also Giacomo B. Contri had joined. Maria Delia Contri, who for many years has edited the introductory Report of the annual Symposium work sessions of ‘Società Amici del pensiero’, is the author of ‘Ordine contrordine disordine. La ragione dopo Freud’ – SIC Edizioni (2016).

[2] ‘La scienza e la verità’, Opening Lesson to the Seminar 1965-1966 / ‘Jacques Lacan. Scritti’ – Vol. II, a cura di Giacomo B. Contri – Bibliot. Einaudi (2002), p.875. Jacques Lacan correctly shows the subject ‘en souffrance’, the subject who is going through his, or her own analytical work, in order to re-build a proper destination. The same Lacan had introduced the word in ‘The stolen letter’ (Lecture delivered on April 26, 1955) : in the French language infact ‘soufferance’ (pain) and 'souffrance’ (mail ready for despatch) are pronounced in the same way but with a different meaning, only due to the presence, or absence, of the letter ‘e’.

[3] ‘Ereditare da un bambino. Perché no ?’ Isbn 978-88-91081-63-6 Grup. Editor. ‘L’Espresso SpA’ (2014) : in this essay I refer to a few questions posed by Freud on the ‘Case of child Hans’ (1908), I explain what can be the individual competence in the cure of thinking and even a child has : Hans pathology was a zoophobia from which he could heal, without any further relapses.

[4] ‘Tre capitoli’, Giacomo B. Contri - Contributo 7 gennaio 2022 to the Symposium ‘Amore’ 2021-2022.

[5] ‘La scienza e la verità’, Opening Lesson to the Seminar 1965-1966 / ‘Jacques Lacan. Scritti’ – Vol. II, a cura di Giacomo B. Contri – Bibliot. Einaudi (2002), p.881

[6] ‘La scienza e la verità’ / ‘Jacques Lacan. Scritti’, a cura di Giacomo B. Contri  - Bibliot. Einaudi (2002), p.882

[7] It is the ‘incipit’ of the ‘Letter’ Giacomo B. Contri sent to us last December 16, 2021 and that himself then included in his Contributo ‘Tre capitoli’ of January 7, 2022 to Symposium ‘Amore’2021-2022.

[8] ‘Il pensiero di natura. Dalla psicoanalisi al pensiero giuridico’, Giacomo B. Contri - SIC Edizioni (1994 e 1998).

[9] Gianni Russomando, biography : “I’m born in Vercelli (1956). Graduated at ‘Istituto di Belle Arti di Vercelli’, I can describe me as a simple ‘amanuense’ (medieval hand-painter). Far from expositions and competitions, it’s not a long time I’m on social media with a very personal aim : to give just a flash of quiet to anyone watching at my simple works.”

Start up.

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A misunderstanding : it is in the universe of people where two are starting up[1].


Marina Bilotta Membretti / Cernusco sul Naviglio – May 12,  2022



[1] “Civilization has not started at all with the repression of sexuality, but with its exploitation, that is its insertion in one project, or system, or functioning, like what Freud called, or better what we call Society when translating and what instead we should translate Culture – the Freudian word is Kultur.”, cit. by : ‘La tolleranza del dolore. Stato, diritto, psicoanalisi’, Giacomo B. Contri – SIC Edizioni 1977, p.33

“Everything is still to be done…”

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“Not that everything remains to be done, but it’s just still to be done, that is what I call the legal thought of love, or of its own benefit.”[1]



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8bZ7vm4_6M Mozart, Symphony n°40 in G minor KV550 Leonard Bernstein. Someone can hazard that Mozart, able to play the piano well at only five years, wasn’t able-bondied : what fancies hover about, and who knows why.



Mustafa, a five years child from Syria, did land at Fiumicino airport (Rome) last January 21st : he was able to move not only his family – father, mother, two little sisters – and the Government of two different Nations, that is Turkey – where the child was living in precariousness with his parents escaping from Syria – and Italy, but also the international Organization[2] which offered specialists and facilities, other than all the people who, just on Mustafa route, are accompanying his transfer or, properly, travel which is at last, and even, a pleasure.

The aimed goal is to supply Mustafa with his first legs and feets, and his first arms and hands which he doesn’t yet know as he’s born without any limb due to nerve gas unloaded on him during his gestation from a bomb at Idlib, in his own Syria at war. Medical operators, wisely careful, anticipate however a satisfying result, and realistic possibilities for Mustafa to get anything his own fellows already do : even studying, they quickly said but we could pick up the words.

Mustafa, who was smiling at his landing in Italy and accustomed to do by himself everything he can, that is very very little indeed compared with his able-bondied fellows – however doesn’t like sleeping, as he confirms without any hesitation when required : “What you don’t like, Mustafa ?”

And about his answer, he meekly repeats without any change, we’re already listening many theories, included the one by which the child, happy by now as heh is distant from the war, won’t fear any more to fall asleep.

How then can they build a reliability[3] all those approaching Mustafa – included his own relatives – if they get away from the marriage with a ‘legal thought of love’ which doesn’t deny thinking :  ‘never hurry, never worry’ ?

Souff(e)rance[4] indeed is now charged with, as it does turn toward a thick and harmful distress like the polluting fogs to which we try to adapt ourselves : until ignored and systematized it will be the enemy of a ‘salus’ which is by no means, as a matter of facts,  non-existent.

Marina Bilotta Membretti - Cernusco sul Naviglio January 24, 2022




[1] Cit. in “Tre capitoli” by Giacomo B. Contri, ‘Contributo 7 gennaio 2022’.

[2] https://www.vaticannews.va/it/chiesa/news/2022-01/famiglia-sira-caritas-siena.html?s=03 

[3] “…So that three are my concluding items : Law, Science, Trust”, cit. in “Tre capitoli”, by Giacomo B.Contri ‘Contributo 7 gennaio 2022’.

[4] ‘Il Seminario su “La lettera rubata” in ‘Jacques Lacan. Scritti’, a cura di Giacomo B. Contri – Biblioteca Einaudi (1974 e 2002) pp.7-58.

Lady Macbeth : on the unfair side of the world.


An ancient engine leaves the stage, after driving around two killers : ‘Eumenidi’ by Aeschilous has just been well performed and directed by Davide Livermore at the ‘Greek Theater’ of Siracusa (Sicily) last July-August 2021. Excellently then Davide Livermore put again the same matter into ‘Macbeth’, in these days at ‘Teatro alla Scala’ of Milan https://www.teatroallascala.org  : an elegant auto-mobile of ancient times driven on the stage as un-chargeable means of murder. (‘Eumenidi’ was commented in ‘Discharging anxiety in the Law Court of gods’ https://tutorsalus.net/https://www.tutorsalus.net/index.php/en/events-2/289-anxiety-absolved-in-the-law-court-of-gods).



“…Hie thee hither


That I may pour my spirits in thine ear;


And chastise with the valour of my tongue

All that impedes thee from the  golden round

Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem

To have thee crown'd withal.[1]»


Not so many feminine serial killers we have indeed, but Lady Macbeth can wear with elegance the role, as the character offers both the application and the slipping shade which William Shakespeare thought when he didn’t really define the Lady, in his shortest tragedy, opening then to the actress, time by time, the chance to personalize her as our main enemy.

The woman risen to Lady of nobleman Macbeth urges his man so that he could come back again to accept her tongue turning to masculine, so pouring into his ears the cruel and necessary know-how from which he is now impeded. A victim then Lord Macbeth himself ?

The losing nobleman, caught by the lust of  a ‘parvenu’ for a kingdom which will be defeated, is  victim indeed of his own keeping really ‘unmarried’[2], that is his shy interest in woman mind and remaining out-doors, virgin and unuseful.

As far as Lady Macbeth is concerned, she is suffering on her unfair side of the world, as she is female and not male : but we are curious about this present actress, well directed now by Davide Livermore for ‘Teatro alla Scala’ of Milan, because she ‘has’ to be pleased by evil…

And that game can be a hazard too, as we unfortunately know when we can’t acknowledge the evil in our own children.


                                                                                        Marina Bilotta Membretti, Cernusco sul Naviglio – December 28, 2021



[1] ‘Macbeth’ (1605-1608), by W.Shakespeare - Atto I scena V

[2] ‘The dream of the ‘married man’’, in ‘THINK!’ by Giacomo B. Contri – June 25, 2007.

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