A CLOSE READING OF LACAN’S BOOK II: THE EGO IN FREUD’S THEORY AND IN THE TECHNIQUE OF PSYCHOANALYSIS 1954-1955

This seminar places before us fundamental concerns of the human condition and psychoanalytic conceptions of mind.  Among the many things it does, the seminar explores foundational texts in Freud, in philosophy, literature, and religion and Lacan’s discussion of the movement “beyond the Imaginary to the Symbolic, from the little other to the big Other.”

The rhetorical structure of Book II is also of didactic interest in that Lacan engages his interlocutors throughout challenging them to respond spontaneously as well as to research a point deeply to present at a later session.  We have the voices and the minds of LaPlanche and Pontalis who were, some 12 years later in 1967, to publish “The Language of Psychoanalysis,” much of which inspiration seems to have originated from Lacan’s “assignments” meted out in the spontaneity of the seminar exchange—alive to us now as readers of the text.

We will read predominantly in the theoretical vein with an awareness of how issues of technique arise in our clinical work.

Participants are encouraged to use the seminar to be creative—to begin, explore, develop, expand, deepen their own work inspired by some element(s) in this piece.

Date and Time: Thursday evenings 7-10pm
Sept 2018—6, 20
Oct 4, 18
Nov 1, 5
Dec 6, 13
Jan 2019—10, 24
Feb 7, 21
Mar 7, 21
May 16, 30
June 6

Faculty: Hannah Patricia Bennett, MA, LMFT #106361, Candidate Analyst of the School
Location: Berkeley
Fee: to be determined upon the cost of the venue & donation to the school
Inquirieshannahpatriciabenn@gmail.com