Inner Circle Seminar No. 115
Sunday 10 June 2007
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Ludwig Binswanger (1881–1966) is known as the ‘father’ of existential psychotherapy and of Daseinsanalysis (though Heidegger said Binswanger had misunderstood him). In 1910 he inherited the Kreuzlingen asylum, or ‘sanatorium’, founded by his grandfather in 1857. Its famous ‘patients’, voluntary or involuntary, included Breuer’s ‘Anna O.’, Nijinsky, Aby Warburg, and Princess Alice (Prince Philip's mother). Five ‘schizophrenics’ have become famous through Binswanger’s extraordinary case studies: ‘Ilse’, ‘Ellen West’, ‘Jürg Zünd’, ‘Lola Voss’, ‘Suzanne Urban’. In 1957, the centenary of the founding of the asylum, Binswanger collected these five case studies in his book Schizophrenia. This seminar will try to help make them better known in this country. We shall explore the beginnings of existential psychotherapy in these seminal, but questionable, writings.
Venue: Room C, Acland Building, Regent’s College, Inner Circle, London NW1
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