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Reading Lacan’s Seminar IV:  The Object Relation

In his 1957 seminar Lacan radically reconceived the object of psychoanalytic praxis as determined by privation, frustration and castration, the three modes of its real, imaginary, or symbolic absence.  Participants will engage in a close reading of the new A.R. Price translation of the seminar alongside key Freudian texts:  A Child is Being Beaten, Analysis of a Phobia in a Five-Year-Old Boy, Psychogenesis of a Case of Homosexuality in a Woman and Leonardo da Vinci:  A Memory of His Childhood.


Faculty:  Benjamin Davidson 

Date & time:  Ongoing, 5:00 PM—7:00 PM PST bi-weekly on Wednesday evenings.

Location:  Online via Zoom.

Fee: free of charge.

Contact: For more information contact Ben Davidson (

Benjamin Davidson, Ph.D. Dr. Davidson is a faculty member and Research Analyst of the Lacanian School, and an Associate Dean of Students at Stanford University, where he has led seminars on Lacanian and Freudian analysis since 2010. He maintains a private practice in Palo Alto and San Francisco, and is a co-editor and frequent contributor to the European Journal of Psychoanalysis. 


Tel: 650.704.8226