Monday 11 January 2010

Existential Pioneers. 2. Erna Hoch (1919–2003). Inner Circle Seminar 157 (7 November 2010)

Erna Hoch with Gobind Kaul, Kashmir

Existential Pioneers

2. Erna Hoch
An exploration of her life and work

Anthony Stadlen
conducts Inner Circle Seminar No. 157
Sunday 7 November 2010
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Erna Hoch was born on 18 March 1919 and died on 29 August 2003 aged 84. She was a highly original Swiss Daseinsanalyst and psychiatrist, who worked for many years in India and Kashmir. She transcribed some of Heidegger’s Zollikon seminars for Medard Boss in vivid detail, wrote many articles and books on Daseinsanalysis and Indian thought, and worked as what she called a ‘messenger between East and West’, helping Boss and Heidegger to compare Heidegger’s concepts with those of traditional Indian philosophy.

Erna Hoch was a woman of great intelligence and integrity, who knew the value of, but was level-headed and clear-sighted about, philosophers, gurus, and Daseinsanalysts. In today’s seminar, Anthony Stadlen will report his discussions with her on the history of Daseinsanalysis, and on her and Boss’s independent experiences as disciples of the guru Gobind Kaul in Kashmir. We shall also study extracts from some of her articles and from her books Indian Children on a Psychiatrist’s Playground, Sources And Resources: A Western Psychiatrist’s Search For Meaning In The Ancient Indian Scriptures, Hypocrite or Heretic: To Pretend or to Protest, and The Madhouse on the Lotus-Lake.
Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ (
Cost: Students £108, others £135; some bursaries; mineral water, coffee, tea, biscuits, liquorice allsorts included
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail:
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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.

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