«... The real is bad news about the world as a whole, very much as the unconscious is bad news about the individual. This pessimistic tradition, developed by Nietzsche, Freud, Lacan and (today) Zizek, is becoming very prominent just at the moment. [Iris] Murdoch was evidently aware of it, referring to it more than once.
The Lacanian doctrine that all our writing and our religion is merely a cover-up through which we hide from ourselves the horror of the real seems to have troubled Iris Murdoch greatly, and it is perhaps what prompted her move towards dogmatic platonism.