at home in Freiburg
A 50th-anniversary revaluation
6. Seminar of 23 and 26 November 1965
‘Whence comes the insight that ... the Sein of the Da is ecstatic ...?’
|Martin Heidegger and Medard Boss|
on the Feldweg south of Messkirch
Inner Circle Seminar No. 219
Sunday 22 November 2015
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Heidegger says his psychiatrist listeners will have noticed that he doesn’t want to make philosophers of them; but, rather, only to help them attend to what ‘unavoidably (unumgänglich) concerns the human being yet is not immediately accessible (zugänglich) to him or her’. He says: ‘The practice of this attentiveness demands both from you and from me a particular methodological attitude about which we have not spoken until now, because I wanted first to try practising this matter with you in order in due course to speak with you explicitly about the method.’
He begins by addressing the criticisms by seminar participants that Daseinsanalysis is anti-scientific, anti-objective and anti-conceptual. He asks what Freud means by ‘analysis’. He alleges that Freud nowhere in his writings explains why he chose the word ‘analysis’. He also alleges that Freud intends his ‘analysis’ to provide a reductive ‘causal explanation’. We shall see in our own seminar that the first of these two allegations of Heidegger’s is simply false and that the second is itself crudely reductive. We shall also see that the authorised American translation further confuses Heidegger’s already flawed argument.
Heidegger is then diverted by a participant’s (possibly prearranged?) question into a lengthy attack on Binswanger’s ‘psychiatric Daseinsanalysis’, which, he says (with considerable justification), misunderstands and distorts Heidegger’s thinking, by redundantly ‘supplementing’ Heidegger’s (ontological) ‘care’ with Binswanger’s (ontic) ‘love’. Heidegger elucidates his own use in Being and Time of the terms ‘Daseinsanalytics’ and ‘Daseinsanalysis’. He gives an interesting account of how Aristotle’s assertion, ‘Being is said in many ways’, was the ‘lightning-flash’ that sparked the question Heidegger explored in Being and Time: ‘What then is the unity of these manifold meanings of Being? What does Being mean, anyway?’ This led to the next question: ‘How is Being related to time?’ And so to the discussion of ‘Da-sein’, human existence, and ‘the insight that ... the Sein of the Da is ecstatic’.
This complex discussion occupies the first of the two evenings of the seminar. On the second evening, Heidegger returns to the criticisms that Daseinsanalysis is anti-scientific, anti-objective and anti-conceptual. He shows that they cannot be addressed without a searching investigation of the meaning of 'science’, 'object’ and 'concept’. Anxiety and fear are not objects. Rigorous science is not necessarily exact science. Exactness is only one form of rigour. To try to calculate the incalculable is unscientific, unobjective, misplaced.
You are cordially invited to participate in our attempt to go over the ground of what is (despite its errors mentioned above) Heidegger’s carefully reasoned exposition and argument, and to reflect on its practical relevance for our everyday practice as psychotherapists.
Venue: ‘Oakleigh’, 2A
Cost: Psychotherapy trainees £120, others £150, some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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