Real Time

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


In this chapter, Chenyang Wang explains the meaning of “Real time” and how it fits into Lacan’s overall theoretical structure. Real time is understood as the time of the Real body, and Lacan’s theory of bodily time can be developed from his reworking of Freud’s theory of metapsychology. Chenyang Wang reads Freud’s unpublished Project for a Scientific Psychology through Kant, whose theory of the three syntheses of time provides a useful framework to understand the ontology of time. By putting forward the idea of the “consciousness without the ego” and reformulating the notion of the “death drive,” Lacan in his early seminars discusses how the subject’s syntheses of the past and the future are firmly grounded on the body process. It leads to a theory of time that enables the possibility of liberation from the established temporal order.

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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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