Phenomenology and metapsychology
Sibelius, Schoenberg, Joyce, Heidegger/Duns Scotus – Freud
‘Holiness’, ‘Epiphany’, ‘Haecceity’ – ‘Unconscious’
A note on the polarity at the heart of the Inner Circle Seminars
Black Square 1915
To the Trenches 1915
One hundred years ago, in April 1915, the first world war was raging. On 22 April the Germans released a cloud of poisonous gas on the first day of the second battle of
Virtually all the Inner Circle Seminars raise, directly or indirectly, the question of the relationship – crucial for the practice of psychotherapy – between phenomenology and ‘metapsychology’. Have Freud, his followers, and psychotherapists of all schools been bewitched by ‘metapsychology’, and in turn bewitched their ‘patients’? Or was Freud right that ‘metapsychological speculation’, even if, as he said, ‘open to revision’, is an essential complement to phenomenology, in theory and practice?
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The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been kindly described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and colleges.