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18:00 - 20:00 28 June 2016
Conceptions of freedom I: psychoanalysis
IAS Common Ground, South Wing |
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
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The premise of the series is that “freedom” is hardly a unitary category, and that the theories we have to talk about it often don’t capture either the lived experience of “being free,” or the complex relationship between external liberty and internal autonomy. We would therefore like to think about the various meanings and templates of freedom, as these are conceived in various bodies of thought and practice: psychoanalytic, religious, scientific or artistic, as well as the more familiar traditions of political philosophy.
In this opening discussion, Adam Phillips, renowned writer, psychotherapist and exponent of psychoanalytic ideas, will reflect on what psychoanalysis has to tell us about the subjective experience of freedom, the development of personal agency, and the relationship between psychic structure and flexibility. PhillipS will be in conversation with Josh Cohen, author of “The Private Life,” as well as a psychoanalyst and literary theorist.
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