The mirror stage is Lacan's most famous conceptualisation to be acclaimed in the English speaking world. Based on a subversive lecture given at the Fourteenth International Psychoanalytical Congress in 1936, the mirror stage has developed along Lacan's teaching up to his latest seminars. The mirror stage describes an initiatory scene — of a child in front of a mirror — through which Lacan attempts to incorporate a large portion of the Freudian theory, especially in relation to the initial constitution of the subject and the stages of ego and libidinal development. It entails Lacan's unique elaboration of the three registers of the symbolic, real and imaginary, and emphasises the role of the symbolic Other in every subject's mental structure.
Our first and second reading group will be devoted to Lacan's first published lecture on the mirror stage. Published in Écrits, under the title, «The Mirror Stage as Formative of the I Function as Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience» (pp. 75-81), this text is a printed version of a lecture delivered by Lacan on July 17, 1949, in Zurich at the Sixteenth International Congress of Psychoanalysis. We will deliver a delightfully light reading of this text — of a very initial step into Lacan's corpus that will guide us in our next choices in the reading group.
Reading group (regular price): 7 Euro
Reading group (student price): 5 Euro
About the format:
No reading is required before our gatherings. We're going to read the text slowly, trying to delve into each paragraph, deciphering through Lacan's style very straightforward and non-metaphorical ideas. Members of the group are welcome to do a first reading of the text at home, but preliminary reading is not at all required. Please, bring a printed version of the text, or a copy of Écrits on which you are willing to mark your notes. We are going to read the English version of the text, but people capable of reading Lacan's French are encouraged to bring the original French version. Come over with a receptive and light-hearted mood, the goal is to enjoy this reading together (if we want to).
About the facilitator:
Shachar Leon Brenner is a Ph.D. student in TAU and a guest scholar at the FU institute of philosophy in Berlin. Brenner has a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy and graduated Summa Cum Laude his masters degrees in philosophy. His thesis paper concerned Alain Badiou's theory of subjectivity and love. Brenner has received two excellence awards as a junior teacher at TAU — the University Rector excellence award, and the Deanship excellence award. Currently engaged as a teacher at «The Dov Lautman Unit for Science Oriented Youth» (NPO), and at the department of philosophy. Brenner specializes in the fields of Lacanian psychoanalysis, contemporary French philosophy, and epistemology. Currently, his dissertation concerns the subject of autism in philosophy.
More of Brenner in his blog:
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