Philadelphia Lacan Study Group

Saint Agatha, by Tiepolo

Saint Agatha, by Tiepolo

The Ecstacy of St. Teresa, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

The Ecstacy of St. Teresa, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Oedipus

Oedipus explains the riddle of the Sphinx, by J. A. D. Ingres

Detail of Saint Lucy, by del Cossa

Detail of Saint Lucy, by del Cossa

Thursday, December 15, 2011 (7:00 to 8:30 pm)

READING SEMINAR

PHANTASMATIC LOGIC: Reading Lacan’s Seminar XIV

Reading and discussion group exploring Lacan’s grammar of fantasy. We will work on Lacan’s Seminar XIV: The Logic of the Phantasm (1966-1967). We will give detailed attention to Lacan’s algebra of fantasy. We will assess the role of fantasy in clinical practice, in everyday life, and in cultural productions. We will tackle the grammar of phantasmatic constructions. We will study their effects on the Real or on reality. Does fantasy “frame” the Real (of desire) like a picture placed over a window-frame in order to conceal what is outside? Is really “reality” what people rely on in order to go on dreaming?

Everyone interested in psychoanalysis is welcome. The reading seminars are an open forum for the discussion of psychoanalysis. Curated by Patricia Gherovici. Seminars are free and open to all.

This meeting will take place in a private office in Center City. The meeting location will be communicated directly to those who want to participate.
Email: contact@lacangroup.org