Existential Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

2020-2021 Seminar Curriculum

1ST DRAFT 05.25.20

*There may be small modifications in the reading depending upon the needs of the EPIS community.

*Default is Mountain Time. Please adjust your calendar depending upon your time zone.

FRIDAY:

Session 1:
September 11 & September 12 (2020)

Applied & Clinical Phenomenology/Psychoanalytic-Existential Analysis

(Friday, 4-6 p.m. MT)

Bion

Wild Thoughts Searching for a Thinker. Rafael E. López-Corvo. Karnac. 2006. Introduction
Chapter 1

Transcendental/Existential Phenomenology

(Friday, 6-8 p.m. MT)

Patocka

Heretical Essays in the Philosophy of History. Jan Patocka. Translated by Erazim Kohák. Edited by James Dodd. Chicago, IL: Open Court, 1996.
Preface
First Essay p. 1

Second Essay p. 27

Recommended (Secondary)
Edward F. Findlay, Caring for the soul in a postmodern age: politics and phenomenology in the thought of Jan Patočka
Jacques Derrida, The Gift of Death
Erazim Kohak, Jan Patocka: Philosophy and Selected Writings

SATURDAY
Psychoanalysis & Philosophy: (Saturday, 10 a.m.-Noon)
Lacan
Ecrits, Lacan Article 29 “Kant with Sade”

Problems Seminar in Critical Theory, Psychoanalysis & Philosophy (Readings to be contributed as assigned)

General Topic Area: Future Contours of Human Subjectivity both Conscious and Unconscious

Subtopics: Self, structure, politics, art, government, science, love, language, design, interspecies, environment, artificial intelligence, economics

Domains: Theory, praxis, clinical

Question for the seminar: How will the development of a superior AI/Robotics affect our psychoanalytic, phenomenological, and theoretical view concerning the human, especially in our moral, social, scientific aspects? Can we develop a positive trans-humanism in which we develop a new human anthropology in the positive sense? What does it mean to develop AI/robotics while maintaining our current humanist anthropology?

Suggested Readings:
Zizek, Violence
Butler, The Force of Non-Violence
Boileau, Genuine Reciprocity and Group Authenticity
Boileau, The Existential Problem of Violence
Boileau, Vivantonomy: A Trans-Humanist Phenomenology of the Self
Boileau, Critical Existential Psycho-Analysis (Section 4) on Marcel and (Section 3) on Merleau-Ponty
Boileau, Phenomenology of Responsibility
Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception
Pattison, The Later Heidegger
Braver, Heidegger’s Later Writings
Young, Heidegger’s Later Philosophy
Ihde, Philosophy of Technology
Feenburg, Questioning Technology
Benjamin, Critique of Violence (essay)
Marcuse, An Essay on Liberation
Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

Piketty, Capital in the 21st Century O-Brien, Heidegger and Authenticity Perez-Gomez, Attunement

FRIDAY

Session 2:
December 4 & December 5 (2020)

Applied & Clinical Phenomenology/Psychoanalytic-Existential Analysis

(Friday, 4-6 p.m. MT)

Bion

Wild Thoughts Searching for a Thinker. Rafael E. López-Corvo. Karnac. 2006. Introduction
Chapter 2

Transcendental/Existential Phenomenology

(Friday, 6-8 p.m. MT)

Patocka

Heretical Essays in the Philosophy of History. Jan Patocka. Translated by Erazim Kohák. Edited by James Dodd. Chicago, IL: Open Court, 1996.
Preface
Third Essay, p. 53

SATURDAY
Psychoanalysis & Philosophy:
(Saturday, 10 a.m.-Noon)
Lacan
Ecrits, Lacan Article 30 “The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire in the Freudian Unconscious”

Problems Seminar in Critical Theory, Psychoanalysis & Philosophy
(Saturday, Noon-2 p.m.)
No specific reading
General Topic Area:
Future Contours of Human Subjectivity both Conscious and Unconscious

Subtopics: Self, structure, politics, art, government, science, love, language, design, interspecies, environment, artificial intelligence, economics

Domains: Theory, praxis, clinical

Question for the seminar: How will the development of a superior AI/Robotics affect our psychoanalytic, phenomenological, and theoretical view concerning the human, especially in our moral, social, scientific aspects? Can we develop a positive trans-humanism in which we develop a new human anthropology in the positive sense? What does it mean to develop AI/robotics while maintaining our current humanist anthropology?

Suggested Readings:

Zizek, Violence
Butler, The Force of Non-Violence
Boileau, Genuine Reciprocity and Group Authenticity
Boileau, The Existential Problem of Violence
Boileau, Vivantonomy: A Trans-Humanist Phenomenology of the Self
Boileau, Critical Existential Psycho-Analysis (Section 4) on Marcel and (Section 3) on Merleau-Ponty
Boileau, Phenomenology of Responsibility
Merleau-Ponty, Phneomenology of Perception
Pattison, The Later Heidegger
Braver, Heidegger’s Later Writings
Young, Heidegger’s Later Philosophy
Ihde, Philosophy of Technology
Feenburg, Questioning Technology
Benjamin, Critique of Violence (essay)
Marcuse, An Essay on Liberation
Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
Piketty, Capital in the 21st Century

O-Brien, Heidegger and Authenticity Perez-Gomez, Attunement

FRIDAY

Session 3: March 5 & 6 (2021)

Applied & Clinical Phenomenology/Psychoanalytic-Existential Analysis

(Friday, 4-6 p.m. MT)

Bion

Wild Thoughts Searching for a Thinker. Rafael E. López-Corvo. Karnac. 2006. Chapter 3

Transcendental/Existential Phenomenology

(Friday, 6-8 p.m. MT)

Patocka

Heretical Essays in the Philosophy of History. Jan Patocka. Translated by Erazim Kohák. Edited by James Dodd. Chicago, IL: Open Court, 1996.
Fourth Essay, p. 79

SATURDAY
Psychoanalysis & Philosophy:
(Saturday, 10 a.m.-Noon)
Lacan
Ecrits, Lacan Article 31 “Position of the Unconscious”

Problems Seminar in Critical Theory, Psychoanalysis & Philosophy
(Saturday, 10-2 p.m., MT)
TBD
General Topic Area:
Future Contours of Human Subjectivity both Conscious and Unconscious

Subtopics: Self, structure, politics, art, government, science, love, language, design, interspecies, environment, artificial intelligence, economics

Domains: Theory, praxis, clinical

Question for the seminar: How will the development of a superior AI/Robotics affect our psychoanalytic, phenomenological, and theoretical view concerning the human, especially in our moral, social, scientific aspects? Can we develop a positive trans-humanism in which we develop a new human anthropology in the positive sense? What does it mean to develop AI/robotics while maintaining our current humanist anthropology?

Suggested Readings:
Zizek, Violence
Butler, The Force of Non-Violence
Boileau, Genuine Reciprocity and Group Authenticity
Boileau, The Existential Problem of Violence
Boileau, Vivantonomy: A Trans-Humanist Phenomenology of the Self
Boileau, Critical Existential Psycho-Analysis (Section 4) on Marcel and (Section 3) on Merleau-Ponty
Boileau, Phenomenology of Responsibility
Merleau-Ponty, Phneomenology of Perception
Pattison, The Later Heidegger
Braver, Heidegger’s Later Writings
Young, Heidegger’s Later Philosophy
Ihde, Philosophy of Technology
Feenburg, Questioning Technology
Benjamin, Critique of Violence (essay)
Marcuse, An Essay on Liberation
Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
Piketty, Capital in the 21st Century
O-Brien, Heidegger and Authenticity
Perez-Gomez, Attunement

FRIDAY

Session 4
June 4 and June 5 (2021)

Applied and Clinical Phenomenology/Psychoanalytic-Existential Analysis

(Friday, 4-6 p.m. MT)

Bion

Wild Thoughts Searching for a Thinker. Rafael E. López-Corvo. Karnac. 2006. Chapter 4

Transcendental/Existential Phenomenology

(Friday, 6-8 p.m. MT)

Patocka

Heretical Essays in the Philosophy of History. Jan Patocka. Translated by Erazim Kohák. Edited by James Dodd. Chicago, IL: Open Court, 1996.
Fifth & Sixth Essay
Author’s Glosses p. 139

Translator’s Postscript p. 155

SATURDAY

Psychoanalysis & Philosophy:
(Saturday, 10 a.m.-Noon)
Lacan
Ecrits, Lacan Article 32 “On Freud’s ‘Trieb’ and the Psychoanalyst’s Desire’” and Article 33 “Science and Truth”

Problems Seminar in Critical Theory, Psychoanalysis & Philosophy
(Saturday, 10-2 p.m., MT)
TBD
General Topic Area:
Future Contours of Human Subjectivity both Conscious and Unconscious

Subtopics: Self, structure, politics, art, government, science, love, language, design, interspecies, environment, artificial intelligence, economics

Domains: Theory, praxis, clinical

Question for the seminar: How will the development of a superior AI/Robotics affect our psychoanalytic, phenomenological, and theoretical view concerning the human, especially in our moral, social, scientific aspects? Can we develop a positive trans-humanism in which we develop a new human anthropology in the positive sense? What does it mean to develop AI/robotics while maintaining our current humanist anthropology?

Suggested Readings: (from which we will choose) Zizek, Violence
Butler, The Force of Non-Violence
Boileau, Genuine Reciprocity and Group Authenticity Boileau, The Existential Problem of Violence

Boileau, Vivantonomy: A Trans-Humanist Phenomenology of the Self
Boileau, Critical Existential Psycho-Analysis (Section 4) on Marcel and (Section 3) on Merleau-Ponty
Boileau, Phenomenology of Responsibility
Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception
Pattison, The Later Heidegger
Braver, Heidegger’s Later Writings
Young, Heidegger’s Later Philosophy
Ihde, Philosophy of Technology
Feenburg, Questioning Technology
Benjamin, Critique of Violence (essay)
Marcuse, An Essay on Liberation
Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
Piketty, Capital in the 21st Century
O-Brien, Heidegger and Authenticity
Perez-Gomez, Attunement

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