Reading Group: On the Imaginary, Symbolic, and Real

21 Feb

READING GROUP: Lacan Demystified


Reading group is back! This spring we are doing things a little different. For each week we have selected one Lacan text, and one secondary text. Read one, read both, read neither, it’s up to you! What is most important is that every Monday at 8:00pm we will come together to try and figure out what this notoriously obscure figure was really trying to get at. If you have a question raised by the text that you addressed at the meeting, leave a note in the comments below.

This week (Feb. 22nd) we will be discussing the tripartite structure of the Imaginary, Symbolic, and the Real.

This week’s texts (Read one, both, or neither!):

  • Lacan, “Rings of String” in Seminar XX
  • Delay, “The Imaginary, Symbolic, and Real” in God is Unconscious

Free Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

Want some extra resources? Check out PEL’s episode on Lacan HERE, or their episode on Lacan and Derrida’s readings of Poe’s “Purloined Letter” HERE.

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole winter, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.


  • Wed, Feb. 24, noon: Dr. Fred Evans: “Democracy, Philosophy, and Derrida,”Africa Room, Student Union, Duquesne University.


Dylan Trigg’s “On Non-Phenomenology in Merleau-Ponty” is now available at our YouTube channel here:


Upcoming in Lacan Demystified

2/22 – The Imaginary, Symbolic, and Real

  • Lacan, “Rings of String” in Seminar XX
  • Delay, “The Imaginary, Symbolic, and Real” in God is Unconscious

2/29 – Feminine Sexuality

  • Lacan, “On Jouissance” and “God and Woman’s Jouissance” in Seminar XX
  • Butler, “Lacan, Riviere, and the Strategies of Masquerade” in Gender Trouble

3/7 – Ethics and Psychoanalysis

  • Lacan, “Kant with Sade” in Ecrits
  • Zupančič, “The Lie” in Ethics of the Real: Kant and Lacan

3/14 – The Four Discourses

  • Lacan, “The Master and the Hysteric” in Seminar XVII
  • Žižek, “Four Discourses, Four Subjects” in Sic 2: Cogito and the Unconscious

Find all Pdfs Here

Coming this spring: Do you get it?!: Philosophy and Humor

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