Last Lacan Reading Group: The Four Discourses!

13 Mar

READING GROUP:zizek-trash-1

This week (Mar. 14th) we will be discussing Lacan’s account of the four discourses, and thinking through the relationship between psychoanalysis and the social/political sphere.

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

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

Free Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

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.

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.


  • 03/15, all day: “A Day for Learning and Speaking Out” – Duquesne University
  • 03/17-18, multiple events: “Contemplation and Beyond: Phenomenology, Neuroscience, and the Spiritual.” The 34th Annual Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center Symposium. Duquesne University.

OTHER NEWS:61667621

Ever wondered how much we have really covered in reading group? Check out the new link that includes a (nearly) comprehensive list of every text that has been covered by the reading group since its inception a few years ago. LINK HERE


Dr. Fred Evans’ keynote from (un)commons: theory and public space is now available on youtube and our video page. Check it out!


Upcoming in Lacan Demystified

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: Get it?!: Continental Philosophy and Humor

2 Responses to “Last Lacan Reading Group: The Four Discourses!”

  1. Linda Raimondi March 24, 2016 at 11:35 pm #

    Not Philosophy but I thought of you when I saw this dog:

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