Introduction: Psychoanalysis and Law

  • Peter Goodrich
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On Friday 4 May, 1984, while watching the Prime Minister of Quebec speaking on television, a disaffected young corporal in the Canadian army formed the idea of massacring the government of Quebec. Denis Lortie subsequently described this initial impulse in terms of a desire to attack the National Assembly and eliminate the ruling arti québequois, a party which had ‘done harm to the French language’. He would thus ‘destroy something which wanted to destroy the French language’. In various other formulations, Lortie expressed a wish to save the language by killing the government: ‘I will do some harm so as to do some good.’1


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