Tuesday, 6 September 2022

OUP Handbook of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

There are no more seminars planned for this coming year.


But, in other news, the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis is now published! It contains contributions by various of the authors whose work we looked at in the seminar series.


1. Introduction: Know Thyself, Richard Gipps and Michael Lacewing

I. Intellectual Pre-History

2. Intellectual Pre-History: Introduction, Richard Gipps and Michael Lacewing
3. Psychoanalytic Theory: A Historical Reconstruction, Sebastian Gardner
4. From Recognition to Intersubjectivity: Hegel and Psychoanalysis, Molly Macdonald
5. Schopenhauer and Freud, Andrew Brook and Christopher Young
6. From Geschlechtstrieb to Sexualtrieb: The Originality of Freud's Conception of Sexuality, Stella Sandford
7. A Better Self: Freud and Nietzsche on the Nature and Value of Sublimation, Ken Gemes

II. 20th Century Engagements

8. Twentieth Century Engagements: Introduction, Richard Gipps and Michael Lacewing
9. Merleau-Ponty and Psychoanalysis, James Phillips
10. Wittgenstein and Psychoanalysis, Donald Levy
11. "In Psychoanalysis Nothing is True but the Exaggerations": Freud and the Frankfurt School, Martin Jay
12. Ricoeur's Freud, Richard Bernstein

III. Clinical Theory

13. Clinical Theory: Introduction, Richard Gipps and Michael Lacewing
14. Imagination and Reason, Method and Mourning in Freudian Psychoanalysis, Jonathan Lear
15. "A Ritual of Discourse": Conceptualizing and Re-conceptualizing the Analytic Relationship, Judith Hughes
16. 1. Symbolism, the primary process, and dreams: Freud's contribution, Agnes Petocz
17. Wishfulfilment, Tamas Pataki
18. Integrating Unconscious Belief, Adam Leite
19. Making the Unconscious Conscious, David Finkelstein

IV. Phenomenology and Science

20. Phenomenology and Science: Introduction, Richard Gipps and Michael Lacewing
21. Complexities in the Evaluation of the Scientific Status of Psychoanalysis, Morris Eagle
22. Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience, Jim Hopkins
23. How Should We Understand the Psychoanalytic Unconscious?, Michael Lacewing
24. A New Kind of Song: Psychoanalysis as Revelation, Richard Gipps
25. Body Memory and the Unconscious, Thomas Fuchs

V. Aesthetics

26. Aesthetics: Introduction, Michael Lacewing and Richard Gipps
27. On Richard Wollheim's psychoanalytically informed philosophy of art, Damien Freeman
28. Literary Form and Mentalization, Elisa Galgut
29. Psychoanalysis and Film, Damian Cox and Michael Levine

VI. Religion

30. Religion: Introduction, Michael Lacewing and Richard Gipps
31. Psychoanalysis and Religion, John Cottingham
32. Psychoanalytic Thinking on Religious Truth and Conviction, Rachel Blass
33. The No-Thing of God: Psychoanalysis of Religion After Lacan, Richard Boothby

VII. Ethics

34. Ethics: Introduction, Michael Lacewing and Richard Gipps
35. Hiding from Love: The Repressed Insight in Freud's Account of Morality, Joel Backstrom
36. Human Excellence and Psychic Health in Psychoanalysis, Edward Harcourt
37. Evolution, Childhood and the Moral Self, Darcia Narvaez

VIII. Politics and Society

38. Politics and Society: Introduction, Michael Lacewing and Richard Gipps
39. Psychoanalysis, Politics and Society: What Remains Radical in Psychoanalysis?, Stephen Frosh
40. Epistemic Anxiety, Michael Rustin
41. Psychoanalysis in the 21st Century: Does Gender Matter?, Louise Gyler
42. 1. Political Philosophy in Freud: War, Destruction, and the Critical Faculty, Judith Butler

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

past seminars

Past Seminars

Michaelmas 2017

Week 1 (12 Oct): Sigmund Freud – Parapraxes pp.3136ff (Lectures 2-4 of Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis

Week 3 (26 Oct): Sigmund Freud – The Unconscious pp.2989ff (in Standard Edition vol 14 / Penguin Freud Library vol 11)

Week 4 (2 Nov): Christopher Bollas – Articulations of the Unconscious (ch 2 of Bollas’s The Freudian Moment)

Week 5 (9 Nov): Jonathan Lear – Interpreting the Unconscious (ch 1 of Lear’s Freud.) [in Rm 4]

Week 6 (16 Nov): Thomas Fuchs – Body Memory and the Unconscious

Week 7 (23 Nov): David Finkelstein – On the Distinction Between Conscious and Unconscious States of Mind

Trinity Term 2018

These seminars focused on madness and psychotic experience (1-5) although ended by looking at one of the more psychotic features of everyday life: dreams (6).

Questions to be considered include: In what sense, if any, are delusions and dreams meaningful? In what sense are they not? What does it mean to 'live in a world of your own?' When do psychologists overstep the bounds of sense in their ambitions to make sense of psychosis? Are delusions attempts to make sense of unusual experiences? What does talk of 'mental illness' amount to? Is the idea of 'mental illness' a metaphor, literal illness, or something else? What does it mean to talk of the 'symbolism' of dreams and delusions? And what, actually, is transference? Further details and suggested reading can be found in the following pages: