Sunday 10 January 2010

Existential Pioneers. 1. Gion Condrau (1919–2006). Inner Circle Seminar 156 (10 October 2010)

Gion Condrau
Existential Pioneers

1. Gion Condrau
An exploration of his life and work

Anthony Stadlen

Inner Circle Seminar No. 156
Sunday 10 October 2010
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gion Condrau was born on 9 January 1919 in Disentis, in the Romansh-speaking canton of Graubünden, Switzerland. He died, aged nearly 88, on 21 November 2006 in Zürich. He was, after Binswanger and Boss, the world’s leading Daseinsanalyst. He was Medard Boss’s comrade-in-arms, analysand, pupil, colleague, friend – and, after Boss’s death in 1990, his successor. Until 1979, he was a Christian-Democratic People’s Party politician, first in the Herrliberg local council and then in the Zürich cantonal and Swiss national parliaments. He attended Heidegger’s Zollikon seminars; published many books on daseinsanalysis; and founded many societies and clubs, from the Bob Club of his home town Herrliberg to the central institutions of Daseinsanalysis, but without losing his anarchic mischievousness and irreverence.

In today’s seminar we shall explore some of his writings, including his case studies in his book Martin Heidegger’s Impact on Psychotherapy (1998). We shall discuss his differences with Boss. And Anthony Stadlen will report on his own work with Gion Condrau to demystify and demythologize the historiography of Daseinsanalysis.
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
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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’.

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