Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Heidegger’s ‘Lost’ Zollikon Seminar: Anthony Stadlen conducts Inner Circle Seminar 258 (3 May 2020)

The Lost’ Zollikon Seminar

Heideggers Zollikon Seminars (1959-1969) 
A 60th-anniversary revaluation
2. Second seminar (the ‘lost one). 3-5 February 1960

The inappropriate idea – that I feel-in – transpose “myself ” (who am I?) into the others...  This attempt always comes too late. Because I am already with the others – (you” thou) in the same world...

Anthony Stadlen
Inner Circle Seminar No. 258
Sunday 3 May 2020
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Martin Heidegger
at home, Freiburg
Martin Heidegger   Medard Boss
Feldweg, Messkirch, 1963

Todays seminar explores what may with justice be called the lost Zollikon seminar. Our new subseries of seminars aspires to retread the path Martin Heidegger took in his Zollikon seminars, this time at sixty years distance. We started by recapitulating the first seminar, of 4 November 1959. But we now know from the new German (Gesamtausgabe) edition of Zollikoner Seminare that there was a very important second seminar, on 3 and 5 February 1960, not reported or even mentioned in the previous edition of the book edited by Medard Boss. Like the subsequent seminars, it was in two parts, on two days. The first part, on 3 February 1960, was held, like the first seminar, in the Burghölzli psychiatric hospital lecture theatre; but the second part of the second seminar, on 5 February 1960, was, as were all the subsequent seminars, held in the more intimate atmosphere, preferred by Heidegger, of Bosss home in Zollikon.

The new edition of the book contains no fewer than forty-four pages of notes Heidegger made for himself in preparation for this seminar. They are extraordinarily revealing. They include, among innumerable other topics, the Indian thinker Shankaracharyas 8th-9th-century thinking on deep dreamless sleep. Heidegger also discusses Freuds thinking on the unconscious and on parapraxes such as slips of the tongue, of memory, and of hearing. He stresses at the outset that there is to be no polemic, e.g., against Freud’. He discusses the nature of our being-in-the-world-with-others. It is not, he insisted, like ‘tea with sugar’: not the ‘intersubjectivity’ that therapists like to talk about. Heideggers lifelong quest was to describe the human being as Da-sein: not as a subject. There can be intersubjectivity only where there are subjects. That is a degenerate way of being-with, in Heideggers view. And it follows, as he points out, that the concept of empathy is also degenerate: it always comes too late, because I am already with the others – (you – [“]thou[”]) in the same world.

We shall explore Heideggers notes for this second seminar as a basis for our own discussion. Your contribution will be warmly welcomed.   

Venue: ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra AvenueLondon N22 7XE
Cost: Psychotherapy trainees £140, others £175, some bursaries; coffee, tea, Durrants rock, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
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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 universities.

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