Friday 1 January 2016

Heidegger's Zollikon Seminars: A 50th-anniversary revaluation. 8. Heidegger and Boss discuss Freud (1). Inner Circle Seminar 229 (30 October 2016)

Martin Heidegger
at home in Freiburg
Martin Heidegger and Medard Boss
on the Feldweg south of Messkirch

Heidegger’s Zollikon Seminars

A 50th-anniversary revaluation

8. Heidegger and Boss discuss Freud (1)
(Taormina, April 1963)
‘... instead of a psychical mechanics or dynamics ... an ecstatic-intentional world-relationship’

Anthony Stadlen
Inner Circle Seminar No. 229
Sunday 30 October 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In the seven first seminars in this subseries we recapitulated in depth, fifty years on, the philosopher Martin Heidegger’s 1959-1969 seminars in the psychiatrist Medard Boss’s Zollikon home. Our quest resumes today, as we start to explore Heidegger’s discussions with Boss (reported in the book Zollilon Seminars), which were the ground from which the seminars sprang. In today’s seminar we see how, in their extraordinary conversations of April 1963 on holiday in Taormina, Sicily, Heidegger confirms Freud’s discoveries of transference, repression, etc. – but as ecstatic-intentional world-relationship’, not as natural-scientistic metapsychology’. This calls for a radical reform not only of today’s psychoanalysis’ but also of today’s existential therapy’. The split between them cannot be healed by a simple-minded eclectic placing side-by-side of these well-meaning but alienated disciplines’. Only a fundamental rethinking can redeem and unify their practice and theory.

As we explore Heideggers conversations with Boss in this and subsequent seminars, we shall see Heideggers relentless concern to purge the human sciences of calculative thinking’. This will require our looking also at his identification of such ‘machination with World Jewry in his Black Notebooks, and at the influence of Christian thinkers such as Paul and Luther on his own thinking.

Cost: Psychotherapy trainees £120, others £150, some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, berries, nuts, 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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