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Having been the object of completely unfounded accusations circulated internationally and a number of completely unprovoked vicious attacks in Slovenia, I can briefly state the following.

The Slovene Society for Theoretical Analysis has existed for 35 years, all its work is publicly available, transparent and internationally well known. Its status and reputation are based on decades of sustained work focused on intersections and encounters between philosophy and psychoanalysis. It has never pretended to deal with anything else but the theoretical psychoanalysis, and this entails no conflict with psychoanalytic practice nor has anyone ever maintained that the one would be a replacement for the other. I cannot imagine how anyone could possibly prevent anyone from practicing psychoanalysis in Slovenia, impede or obstruct it, even if one wanted to – and I cannot imagine why anyone would want to. This also goes for all the activities of psychoanalytic organizations present and future. So it is very sad if people try to establish themselves not by their own autonomous and independent work, but by spitting on the work of others, no doubt hoping to attract attention by stirring up some scandal rather than by their work. Psychoanalytic practice is much needed in Slovenia, and we have always supported and encouraged all initiatives to implement it and to spread it, regardless of their particular persuasion. What is not needed, however, is the imported cut-throat sectarianism, so typical of many psychoanalytic associations, and which has done more damage to the psychoanalytic cause than any theorists ever could.

Mladen Dolar

1st December 2016

P. S. I am writing this in English since some of my international friends are puzzled by receiving bizarre emails containing venomous denunciations. No explanation is needed in Slovene since people who are familiar with the circumstances only laugh at preposterous allegations.

I have no doubt that my brief reply will trigger a further avalanche of hate-speech, only demonstrating my point about sectarianism and the incapacity it testifies to.

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