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Fridays @CCP: To reconsider the death drive (David Lichtenstein, PhD)

  • 3 Feb 2023
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
  • Zoom
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Fridays @CCP

David Lichtenstein, PhD

(New York, NY )

Friday, February 3, 2023

To reconsider the death drive

7-9pm (CST): ZOOM

About the presentation: This presentation will introduce Lacan’s reformulation of the death drive and explore the importance of the concept for clinical psychoanalytic work.

One feature of Jacques Lacan’s reformulation of psychoanalytic metapsychology was to reconsider the concept of drive. His intention was to redefine the drive in order to situate it entirely within the psychoanalytic framework of subjectivity and thus to separate and distinguish that psychoanalytic concept from the biological sense of drive. In doing so, Lacan also reformulated the concept of the death drive, making it an essential element in the structure of the subject. Apart from biological determinants, death operates symbolically and in unconscious fantasy in ways that are relevant to both the clinical realm and to cultural and political concerns.

David Lichtenstein, PhD is a psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC, working with both adults and children. He is the founding Editor of DIVISION/Review, Co-Founder of Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association and Adjunct Faculty member at the NYU Post Doc. Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, CUNY Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and The New School University Dept of Philosophy, and has worked with Das Unbehagen (New York) and Le Cercle Freudien (Paris). He has written numerous articles and book chapters especially addressing psychoanalysis as influenced by the work of Jacques Lacan.  He is the co-editor of the recent book The Lacan Tradition (Routledge, 2018). He has led reading groups in New York for many years and is currently teaching Lacan for Clinicians a course for CE credit independently sponsored by the Fifth Floor Associates.

Learning Objectives

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

1.Describe Lacan’s reformulation of the death drive

2.Explain the clinical functions of the redefined death drive

This is an Intermediate Level Presentation


CCP members: free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.

Students:free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.

Fellows: free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.
Non-CCP members, single admission: $50

Continuing Education
This program is sponsored for Continuing Education Credits by the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. There is no commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the continuing education sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If the program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CCP is licensed by the state of Illinois to sponsor continuing education credits for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Counselors and Licensed Clinical Psychologists (license no. 159.000941 and 268.000020 and 168.000238 Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation).

Professionals holding the aforementioned credentials will receive 2.0 continuing education credits for attending the entire program. To receive these credits a completed evaluation form must be turned in at the end of the presentation and licensed psychologists must first complete a brief exam on the subject matter. No continuing education credit will be given for attending part of the presentation. Refunds for CE credit after the program begins will not be honored. If a participant has special needs or concerns about the program, s/he/they should contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven by February 2, 2023 at: tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Readings

Eissler,K. R. (1971) Death Drive, Ambivalence, and Narcissism. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child 26:25-78.

Freud, S. (1920) Beyond the Pleasure Principle. SE 18:1-64.

Lacan, J. (1979) The Neurotic’s Individual Myth. Psychoanalytic Quarterly 48:405-425.

Nobus, D. (2021) Narcissism and the Pleasures of Extinction: For the Centenary of ‘Beyond the Pleasure Principle’. European Journal of Psychoanalysis Vol 8, No.1.

Segal, H. (1993) On the Clinical Usefulness of the Concept of Death Instinct. International Journal of Psychoanalysis 74:55-61.

Presented by

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Carol Ganzer, PhD, Toula Kourliouros Kalven,  Alan Levy, PhD.

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