Friday, 1 January 2016

Existential Pioneers. 22. Shoma Morita. Peg LeVine conducts Inner Circle Seminar 229 (11 September 2016)


Existential Pioneers
22. Shoma Morita
(1874-1938)
His original method of psychotherapy
and his theory of peripheral consciousness
Shoma Morita
(Image gifted to LeVine from Sato)
Peg LeVine   Takahisa Kora   Akihisa Kondo

Peg LeVine






Peg LeVine
conducts
Inner Circle Seminar No. 229
introduced by
Anthony Stadlen
Sunday 11 September 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ

Cost:    Psychotherapy trainees £120, others £150, some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled

Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra AvenueLondon N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857     E-mail: stadlen@aol.com

For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/

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.

Meditations on Time. Raymond Tallis conducts Inner Circle Seminar 228 (10 July 2016)

Raymond Tallis
Meditations on Time

Raymond Tallis
conducts Inner Circle Seminar No. 228
introduced by Anthony Stadlen
Sunday 10 July 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Raymond Tallis was a Professor of Geriatric Medicine and consultant physician in Health Care of the Elderly. He has published 200 research articles in the neurology of old age and neurological rehabilitation, as well as a novel, short stories, three volumes of poetry, and 23 books on philosophy of mind, philosophical anthropology, literary theory, the nature of art, and cultural criticism. He has received many awards and honorary degrees. In 2009, the Economist listed him as one of the world’s 20 leading polymaths.

Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ
Cost: Psychotherapy trainees £120, others £150, some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857  +44 (0) 7809 433 250    E-mail: stadlen@aol.com
For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/

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.

Laing & Esterson. 5. The Edens. 50 years on (Inner Circle Seminar 227, 14 February 2016)



Hilary Mantel
R. D. Laing




            

                                                                   
Aaron Esterson




















Laing and Esterson
Sanity, Madness and the Family 50 Years On
Family 5: The Edens

Dame Hilary Mantel  Anthony Stadlen

conduct
Inner Circle Seminar No. 227
Sunday 26 June 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We believe that the shift of point of view that these descriptions both embody and demand has an historical significance no less radical than the shift from a demonological to a clinical viewpoint three hundred years ago.

Thus, in Sanity, Madness and the Family: Families of Schizophrenics (1964), R. D. Laing and Aaron Esterson introduced their revolutionary descriptions of eleven families of ‘schizophrenics’. But fifty years on, there has been no shift: the ‘clinical viewpoint’ still reigns supreme. Psychiatrists and psychotherapists (even ‘existential’ ones) tend to be more ‘clinical’ than ever.

Laing and Esterson wrote: ‘Nobody can deny us the right to disbelieve in schizophrenia.’ But most psychiatrists and psychotherapists falsely allege that Laing and Esterson said: ‘Families cause schizophrenia’.

Dame Hilary Mantel wrote that the simple words the people speak’ in Laing and Estersons book gave her, at 20, the courage to write her own books. Her introductions to the seminars in this series have enthralled participants.

Anthony Stadlen continues to interview the eleven families in the twenty-first century. Ruby Eden’ is one of only two still living of the eleven so-called schizophrenics. Today, we explore the history of Ruby Eden’ and her family in the light of Stadlens discussions with Ruby and her family.

Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ
Cost: Psychotherapy trainees £120, others £150, some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857   +44 (0) 7809 433 250    E-mail: stadlen@aol.com
For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/

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.

Descartes and Dualism. Katherine Morris conducts Inner Circle Seminar 226 (22 May 2016)


René Descartes
(31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650)
Descartes and Dualism
Was Descartes’s Dualism ‘Cartesian Dualism’?

Katherine Morris
conducts Inner Circle Seminar No. 226
introduced by Anthony Stadlen
Sunday 22 May 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  
Venue:   Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ
Cost:    Psychotherapy trainees £120, others £150, some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857   +44 (0) 7809 433 250   E-mail: stadlen@aol.com
For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/

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.

Shakespeare, Freud, and Seduction. Inner Circle Seminar 225 (17 April 2016)

William Shakespeare
Sigmund Freud
Shakespeare, Freud, and Seduction

For the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death
(23 April 1616)
and the 120th anniversary of Freud’s double announcement
of the ‘seduction theory’ and of ‘psychoanalysis’
to the Society for Psychiatry and Neurology in Vienna
(21 April 1896)
and the 20th anniversary of the first Inner Circle Seminar
held on the 100th anniversary of Freud’s lecture
(21 April 1996)
                                                                                              
Anthony Stadlen
conducts Inner Circle Seminar No. 225
Sunday 17 April 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Venue:   Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ
Cost:    Psychotherapy trainees £120, others £150, some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857  +44 (0) 7809 433 250
E-mail: stadlen@aol.com
For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/


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.

Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers. 13. Richard Dadd (1817-1886). Nicholas Tromans conducts Inner Circle Seminar 224 (20 March 2016)


Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers
13. Richard Dadd
(1814–1881)
Richard Dadd
(1 August 1817 – 7 January 1886)

The Art of Bedlam

Nicholas Tromans
conducts
Inner Circle Seminar No. 224
introduced by
Anthony Stadlen
Sunday 20 March 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ
Cost: Psychotherapy trainees £120, others £150, in advance; some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water included; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra AvenueLondon N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857  or: +44 (0) 7809 433 250
E-mail: stadlen@aol.com
For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/
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.

Heidegger’s Zollikon Seminars. A 50th-anniversary revaluation. 7. Seminar of 1 and 3 March 1966. Inner Circle Seminar 223 (6 March 2016)


Martin Heidegger
at home in Freiburg
Heideggers Zollikon Seminars

A 50th-anniversary revaluation


7. Seminar of 1 and 3 March 1966


‘Unburdening and burdening are possible only through the human beings ecstatic being-outstretched

Martin Heidegger and Medard Boss
on the Feldweg south of Messkirch






Anthony Stadlen
conducts
Inner Circle Seminar No. 223
Sunday 6 March 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Venue:  ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra AvenueLondon N22 7XE

Cost:    Psychotherapy trainees £120, others £150, some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled

Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra AvenueLondon N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857     E-mail: stadlen@aol.com

For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/

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.

Laing & Esterson. 4. The Danzigs. 50 years on (Inner Circle Seminar 222, 14 February 2016)


R. D. Laing and Aaron Esterson
Sanity, Madness and the Family (1964)

Aaron Esterson
The Leaves of Spring (1970)

Continuing research on the families
50 years on

Family 4
The Danzigs


Dame Hilary Mantel   Anthony Stadlen
conduct
Inner Circle Seminar No. 222
Sunday 14 February 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Aaron Esterson
We believe that the shift of point of view that these descriptions both embody and demand has an historical significance no less radical than the shift from a demonological to a clinical viewpoint three hundred years ago.
Hilary Mantel






Thus R. D. Laing and Aaron Esterson introduced their revolutionary descriptions of eleven families in Sanity, Madness and the Family: Families of Schizophrenics (1964). But fifty years on, where is the ‘shift? More than ever, psychotherapists, especially non-medical ones, boast of being ‘clinicians’ working in the field of what they call mental health’.

Dame Hilary Mantel, twice Booker Prize winner, introduces todays seminar. She says ‘the simple words the people speak in this book gave her, at 20, the courage to write.

Aaron Esterson developed the fourth chapter, on Sarah Danzig and her family, into a book, The Leaves of Spring: A Study in the Dialectics of Madness (1970) – one of the greatest and most profound of all existential or psychoanalytic case studies. We shall make a start at exploring it in depth today.

Anthony Stadlen, a colleague of Estersons for many years, continues to research the living members of the eleven families. Today we shall listen to extracts both from Estersons original recordings of his interviews with the Danzigfamily in the 1960s and from Stadlens recordings of his own interviews with surviving members of the family more than fifty years later.

Laing and Esterson wrote:

Surely, if we are wrong, it would be easy to show that we are, by studying a few families and revealing that schizophrenics really are talking a lot of nonsense after all.

Stadlen’s research contributes to answering not only Hilary Mantel’s question but also this challenge from Laing and Esterson, by studying the development over the next half-century of the very same families that they studied. You are invited to collaborate in evaluating their findings and his in todays seminar.

Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ
Cost: Psychotherapy trainees £120, others £150, in advance; some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water included; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857  or: +44 (0) 7809 433 250
E-mail: stadlen@aol.com
For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/

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.

‘Freudian Slips and Slips of the Freudians’. A dispute between Marxists – 40 years on. Inner Circle Seminar 221 (24 January 2016)

Sebastiano_Timpanaro.jpg (288×385)
Sebastiano Timpanaro
(1923-2000)

‘Freudian Slips and Slips of the Freudians’
A dispute between Marxists
40 years on

Sebastiano Timpanaro’s book The Freudian Slip (1974), criticisms by Juliet Mitchell and Jacqueline Rose (November/December 1975), and Timpanaro's response (January/February 1976)

Anthony Stadlen
conducts
Inner Circle Seminar No. 221
Sunday 24 January 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This seminar may at first glance appear to be of interest only to psychoanalysts and Marxists, or indeed only to psychoanalysts who are also Marxists, and only to a tiny minority of them! But in fact it is of particular importance to existential phenomenologists and psychotherapists, and to anyone seriously concerned with the phenomenology of conversation and its apparent aberrations.

The notion of a ‘Freudian slip’ is part of our language. How do we know when to take seriously a slip of the tongue, pen, keyboard, or memory, and whether our feeling for what such slips may mean has any phenomenological validity? Is Freud’s method in his renowned ‘aliquis’ analysis to be our guide, as he urged? Daseinsanalysts and existential therapists have neglected these fundamental phenomena. They have not followed through the implications of Heidegger’s sayings, ‘Die Sprache spricht’ (‘Language speaks’) and ‘Die Sprache ist das Haus des Seins’ (‘Language is the house of Being’). These may sound like rather vague, poetic formulations, but we shall try to show in this seminar that they may be taken as the starting-point for introducing some clarity into this discourse.

The background of the seminar is as follows. New Left Review No. 91 (May–June 1975) contained ‘The Freudian Slip’, a translation of part of the Italian Marxist philologist Sebastiano Timpanaro’s book The Freudian Slip (1974). Timpanaro (1923-2000) examines Freud’s famous ‘aliquis’ analysis in Chapter 2 of The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (1901). Freud claims that on a holiday trip he fell into conversation with a young Jewish man who, indignantly denouncing the oppression of the Jews in Austria-Hungary, wanted to quote Dido’s dying curse from Virgil’s Aeneid:

Exoriare aliquis nostris ex ossibus ultor.
(Arise someone from my bones as an avenger.)

The young man garbles the line. He asks Freud what he has forgotten; and Freud supplies the missing word: ‘aliquis’ (‘someone’) The young man then, according to Freud, asks Freud to help him discover why he has forgotten the word ‘aliquis’. Freud, in what appears (and has seriously been argued to be) a remarkable imitation of Sherlock Holmes, guides the young man towards the discovery that his supposedly free associations (nudged by Freud’s heavy hints and prompts) lead inexorably to his supposedly repressed memory that he is afraid he may have impregnated a woman.

This is the ‘aliquis’ analysis. Freud presents it as a paradigm for ‘name forgetting’ – although this is itself one of Freud’s own Freudian slips, as ‘aliquis’ is not a name.

But Timpanaro argues that there is a simpler explanation. He points out that the Virgil line has a structure unique in classic Latin literature. Nowhere else is an injunction, an imperative, addressed in this manner to ‘someone’, ‘aliquis’. It is normal for memory of poetry to be eroded by ‘banalisation’: unusual poetic expressions are replaced by more commonplace prosaic ones. The line as the young man misremembers it still makes perfect sense though it is less poetically, less powerfully, expressed. It just omits the word ‘aliquis’. This is, Timpanaro says, a ‘pedestrian (but true) explanation for an incomplete quotation’. It requires no supplementing by Freud’s more complex account. By the principle of Occam’s Razor, this simpler hypothesis should be preferred.

New Left Review No. 94 (November–December 1975) contained no fewer than four responses to Timpanaro by six authors, among them Juliet Mitchell and Jacqueline Rose. All six defended Freud’s analysis of the slip and insisted that Timpanaro had not understood it.

New Left Review No. 95 (January–February 1976) contained Timpanaro’s reply to these criticisms: ‘Freudian Slips and Slips of the Freudians’. He began:

‘If I had to give as concise and accurate a definition as possible of the typical “Western Marxist”, I would say: “Someone who is firmly convinced that Freud is always right”. No, “Freud” is not a slip of the pen for “Marx”. I really mean Freud.’

This may seem a rather recondite and parochial affair, but the issues at stake in this impassioned debate are of fundamental importance to the project of a ‘psychoanalytical’ or ‘daseinsanalytical’ thinking that is reasonable, not arbitrary and violent; these issues have by no means yet been clarified, let alone settled. We shall examine each argument in detail, and try to reach a balanced evaluation.

(Unfortunately, Sebastiano Timpanaro is dead, and neither Professor Mitchell nor Professor Rose could participate today.)

A few years after this debate in New Left Review, Peter Swales proposed, on the basis of textual analysis and historical data, that there was no ‘young man’, and so no conversation in which ‘he’ forgot ‘aliquis’; rather, it was Freud himself who feared having impregnated a woman – specifically, his sister-in-law Minna Bernays. This hypothesis was strengthened by the subsequent researches of Anthony Stadlen, Richard Skues, and Franz Maciejewski. All four researchers have presented their findings in previous Inner Circle Seminars.

It may be argued that the dispute between Timpanaro and his critics is, prima facie, independent of the dispute about whether the ‘young man’ existed. But may the two disputes not be logically or empirically connected? If there were no ‘young man’, then what would be the status of the ‘aliquis’ analysis as a ‘paradigm’? If, for example, Freud misrepresented a private forgetting of his own as a memory-slip of another person in conversation with him, would this not be seriously misleading, scientifically and phenomenologically – not merely a question of disguising the identity of the person making the slip – especially as Freud wrote that he valued this example precisely because his source was someone ‘other’ than himself? The late Director of the Freud Archives, Kurt Eissler, wrote that for Freud to have misreported in such a way would indeed have been ‘indecent’, the act of a ‘liar’ – implying that a man of Freud’s integrity could not have done so! But, as open-minded scholars, we cannot rule out a priori either this possibility or even the possibility that the slip itself was simply invented by Freud, using both real and fictional data from his life, to illustrate his theory. Yet, on another occasion, this same Kurt Eissler argued that, even if this slip and its ‘analysis’, together with all Freud’s other examples of slips and dreams and their analyses, were wholly invented, this would not alter in any way their validity as paradigms, which had been demonstrated thousands upon thousands of times in psychoanalytic practice!

We shall try, in this seminar, to eschew such ideological polemic and take the debate to a more serious, existential-phenomenological level. Your contribution is warmly invited.

Venue:  ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra AvenueLondon N22 7XE
Cost:    Psychotherapy trainees £120, others £150, some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857  or: +44 (0) 7809 433 250
E-mail: stadlen@aol.com
For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/

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.