Lacan Circle Reading Group

Seminar III: The Psychoses


The Psychoses
The Seminar of Jacques Lacan
Book III 1955 – 1956



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


We began this text, Seminar III, in August 2020, so are now quite advanced, but join in at anytime. 
We will read Jacques Lacan’s Seminar IV: The Object Relation next, probably beginning in July or August 2021.
Details of that new group will be announced here and on our social media as the date firms up. 


Contact the convenor Eugénie Austin here with any queries


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Lacan Circle Reading Group: The Psychoses



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