Friday 2 January 2009

‘May you live to 120!’ 1. Collingwood. 2. Watsuji. Inner Circle Seminar 137 (22 February 2009)

R. G. Collingwood          Watsuji Tetsuro
‘May you live to 120!’

Seven thinkers born in 1889
and their relevance to psychotherapy

1. R. G. Collingwood
(22 February 1889 – 9 January 1943)
2. Watsuji Tetsuro
(1 March 1889 – 26 December 1960) 

Anthony Stadlen

Inner Circle Seminar No. 137
Sunday 22 February 2009
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reflection on the philosophy of what is called psychotherapy is an urgent necessity, not an academic pastime. The survival of true psychotherapy is threatened by state regulation. The psychotherapy organisations have failed to insist that ‘mental health’ is a metaphor. It is therefore unsurprising that psychotherapy is to be regulated as a ‘health profession’. The Inner Circle Seminars clarify psychotherapy as a moral, not a medical, practice.

In the annus mirabilis 1889 seven of the greatest 20th-century philosophers were born: R. G. Collingwood, Watsuji Tetsuro, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Oskar Becker, Martin Heidegger, Dietrich von Hildebrand, Gabriel Marcel. In four seminars, we explore their contributions. All seven throw light on the nature of human relationships and, explicitly or implicitly, on the foundations of psychotherapy. Today we discuss Wittgenstein’s contribution. Each seminar is self-contained. You may attend any or all.

Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ
Cost: Students £96, others £120, in advance; 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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