LCA Reading Group

Seminar III: The Psychoses


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



The sentence becomes alive only when it conveys a meaning.

What does this mean?

Even if we are quite convinced that the meaning always relates to something, that it has value only to the extent that it refers to another meaning, it’s clear that the life of a sentence is very deeply bound up with the fact that the subject is listening in, that he intends this meaning for himself.

What makes the sentence as understood different from the sentence as not understood,
which doesn’t prevent it from being heard,
is precisely what the phenomenology of delusions highlights so well,
namely the anticipation of meaning.


Jacques Lacan, Seminar III, The Psychoses, page 137
We shall begin reading The Psychoses at page 1



Open to anyone with an interest.
Join us for one session or every session or occasional sessions.
We will 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, commencing 19 August 2020
7:00pm – 8:30pm AEST (UTC+10)

Contact the convenor Eugénie Austin here for all enquiries.

We will 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

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Reading Group: The Psychoses


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