Psychoanalysis, Philosophy and Neuroscience (intensive short course)

The course starts on Wed. February 24th 2016 at 1pm EST with a guest talk by Prof. Catherine Malabou.



Freud began his career as a promising neurologist, but found the neurological science of his day was not advanced enough to answer his questions. Although he believed that attempts to bring together neurology and psychoanalysis would be premature at his time, he always admired biology, thinking of it as of “a land of unlimited possibilities”, and he had no doubt that a fruitful conjunction of neurology and psychoanalysis will be possible in the future.

In this course we will explore recent attempts to bring together neuroscience, psychoanalysis and philosophy, relying widely on works of the most prominent contemporary thinker in this field, Catherine Malabou. The course will focus on four key concepts: plasticity, cerebrality, trauma and wonder.



Brief course description: In this course we will explore contemporary attempts to bridge psychoanalysis, neuroscience and philosophy, relying widely on Catherine Malabou’s works.

The course will focus on four key concepts: plasticity, cerebrality, trauma and wonder.
Structure of the course: The course will consist of 5 lectures.

Attendance of Catherine Malabou’s guest talk will be counted as in-class time for students of this course, although it can be attended separately.

Students will learn to understand language of neuroscience and psychoanalysis, and find out about some of the points of their conjunction.

Course Prerequisites:

Although this is a graduate level course, advanced undergraduate students are also welcome.

Some basic knowledge in psychoanalysis is desirable but not required.

More info here.

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