Friday 6 January 2006

Erwin Straus: Phenomenological Psychology (1966). Inner Circle Seminar 102 (18 June 2006)


Erwin Straus teaching a psychology class ca. 1942
courtesy of Black Mountain College archives

Erwin Straus

Phenomenological Psychology (1966)

Anthony Stadlen
Inner Circle Seminar No. 102
Sunday 18 June 2006
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Erwin Straus (1891–1975) was one of the great existential psychiatrists. Today, 40 years on, we explore the astonishing, alive essays in his book Phenomenological Psychology (1966): ‘Lived Movement’, ‘Awakeness’, ‘Objectivity’, ‘The Upright Posture’, ‘Rheoscopic Studies of Expression’, ‘Pseudoreversibility of Catatonic Stupor’. These essays include findings from the laboratory for the study of expressive motions at Lexington, Kentucky where Straus was Director of Research. They disprove the recent claim in Existential Analysis that Straus ‘did not do empirical research’. The last essay reports the use of film to show that ‘catatonia’ is intentional interpersonal action, not the meaningless outcome of a presumed disease process. You are welcome to join the discussion.

Venue: Room G, 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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