Logical Time

  • Chenyang Wang
Part of the The Palgrave Lacan Series book series (PALS)


In this chapter, Chenyang Wang provides a close reading of Lacan’s early essay “Logical Time and the Assertion of Anticipated Certainty: A New Sophism.” The “Logical Time” essay is generally believed to endorse a logical model of intersubjectivity in which the experience of time is shaped by interpersonal anticipation and reconsideration. However, by working through Lacan’s reasoning process, Chenyang Wang argues that it presents not a successful logical articulation of time, but rather the failure of such an attempt, and what we take as logical time is actually imaginary time that covers the tension between Real time and Symbolic time. This chapter also examines the existence of multiple temporal registers in Lacan’s later writings.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chenyang Wang
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  1. 1.Department of Psychosocial StudiesBirkbeck College, University of LondonLondonUK

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