Saturday, 7 January 2006

R. D. Laing, H. Phillipson and A. R. Lee: Interpersonal Perception (1966). Inner Circle Seminar 103 (2 July 2006)

R. D. Laing

R. D. Laing, H. Phillipson and A. R. Lee

Interpersonal Perception (1966)

John Heaton
Anthony Stadlen
Inner Circle Seminar No. 103
Sunday 2 July 2006
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The human race is a myriad of refractive surfaces staining the white radiance of eternity. Each surface refracts the refractions of refractions of refractions. Each self refracts the refractions of others’ refractions of self’s refractions of others’ refractions... 
Here is glory and wonder and mystery
This book’s first sentence, above, written by Laing, was nearly never printed. The editor did not know Shelley, and objected to the word, ‘staining’. Today, forty years on, is the book better understood? Dr John Heaton, a colleague of Laing for many years, discusses with Anthony Stadlen whether Laing’s method of studying perspectives and metaperspectives makes sense of personal relationships, or whether it repeats the distorted way of relating it seeks to clarify. We explore the book’s central case study: the ‘Joneses’. Your contribution to the discussion is welcome.

Venue: Room F, Acland Building, Regent’s College, Inner Circle, London NW1
Cost: Students £72, others £90, some bursaries, in advance
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, Oakleigh, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail:

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