15. Aaron Esterson
A seminar for the 90th anniversary of his birth
Inner Circle Seminar No. 195
Sunday 29 September 2013
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Today we shall read Esterson’s writings without such presumptions. We shall draw not only on his published books, but also on some of his remarkable unpublished writings. We shall read an unpublished case study of a family by Esterson, and see the 1972
Aaron Esterson regarded his work as complementary to that of his friend and colleague Thomas Szasz. (But he thought his erstwhile colleagues R. D. Laing and David Cooper had frivolously betrayed, by romanticising, the serious work of making ‘schizophrenia’ socially intelligible and developing a new professional practice.) Esterson also made an important contribution to Anthony Stadlen’s historical research on the paradigm case studies of Freud and others, and on the psychological techniques by which the Nazis mystified their victims in the Holocaust. We shall discuss all this in the seminar, and your contribution will be warmly welcomed.
Cost: Students £116, others £145, some bursaries; mineral water, coffee, tea, biscuits, liquorice allsorts included; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
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