Philosophy and psychology have a long history together. The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates considered philosophy the practice of caring for the soul, psyche, and himself the soul’s physician. The Buddha was called the Medicine King, with his four noble truths as a kind of life-therapeutics. Philosophical traditions globally offer rich treasuries of concepts and thinking for use as medicine in our practice with patients, and to augment and deepen psychoanalytic insights. This seminar will focus on some fundamental concepts in existential philosophy, particularly those relevant now in this historical-political moment of reckoning with structural racism and the trauma of marginalized Others. We will reflect on nihilism, the Other, freedom-responsibility, and abjection in readings drawn from Nietzsche, Cornell West, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Julia Kristeva.
Cost: $200 for Alliance members/$240.00 for non-members
Class size is limited to 12 participants.
Refund Policy: Refunds less a $10 handling fee will be given up until one week before the first class.
- Participants will understand the concepts of nihilism, the Other, freedom and responsibility, and abjection.
- Participants will learn how philosophical concepts apply to psychoanalytic insights.
- Participants will reflect on how philosophical concepts are operative in their practice with patients and how they can be used to deepen their work with them.