Lacan Circle Reading Group

Seminar III: The Psychoses



Lacan Circle Reading Group

The Seminar of Jacques Lacan Book III

The Psychoses


Convened by Eugénie Austin


Freud stresses the extent to which the subject’s relations with reality are not the same in neurosis and psychosis. In particular, the clinical characteristic of the psychotic is distinguished by this profoundly perverted relation to reality known as a delusion. 

For this great difference in organisation, or disorganisation, there must be, Freud tells us, a deep-seated structural reason.

How are we to spell out the difference?

Jacques Lacan, Seminar III, The Psychoses, page 44



Open to anyone with an interest.
Join us for one session or every session or occasional sessions.
We read page-by-page, and slowly.
There may be digressions, diversions, discussions,
elaborations, interruptions, associations, symptoms and references.
There may be nothing at all but Lacan’s words:
read page-by-page, and slowly. 


Wednesday evenings
7:00pm – 8:30pm AEST (UTC+10)


We read from the W.W.Norton & Company edition:
The Psychoses 1955 – 1956
The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book III
Edited by Jacques-Alain Miller
Translated with notes by Russell Grigg
Published in 1993, and in 1997 in paperback


Purchase from The Book Depository here


Note: We began this text, Seminar III, in August 2020. We are now reading the final chapters, but join in at anytime. We will read Jacques Lacan’s Seminar IV: The Object Relation next, beginning in July 2021.

Information on the upcoming Seminar IV reading group is
Register for this Seminar III reading group below
There is no charge, and the sessions are not recorded

Contact the Lacan Circle here with any queries



Lacan Circle Reading Group: The Psychoses



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Thank you for your interest in Lacan and the LCA
Art by Francis Bacon



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