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Seminar: Freud's Metapsychology (Alan Bass, PhD)

  • 10 Jun 2023
  • 9:00 AM (CDT)
  • 11 Jun 2023
  • 1:00 PM (CDT)
  • Kinzie Hotel, 20 West Kinzie St., Chicago, IL (and via Zoom)


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Alan Bass, PhD

June 7-9, 2023

Dr. Bass is a psychoanalyst practicing in New York City, where he is a training analyst and faculty member of IPTAR (the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research).  He is also a member of the Contemporary Freudian Society, and is on the graduate philosophy faculty of the New School for Social Research.  He is the author of three books (Difference and Disavowal: The Trauma of Eros; Interpretation and Difference: The Strangeness of Care; and Fetishism, Psychoanalysis, and Philosophy) and the translator of four books by Jacques Derrida.

Seminar Title: Freud's Metapsychology

Seminar Description: The seminar will explain why Freud developed the theory of mind he called metapsychology, and then will delve into its various aspects from the beginning to the end of Freud's writings.  The emphasis will be on why this is a living theory, with important clinical ramifications. 

Selected Readings: All from the Standard Edition of Freud:

-Project for a Scientific Psychology, S.E. 1.

-"The Neuro-Psychoses of Defense," S.E. 3.

-The Aetiology of Hysteria, S.E. 3.

-The Interpretation of Dreams, Chap. 7.  S.E. 5

-"Instincts and Their Vicissitudes," S.E. 14.

-"Repression," S.E. 14.

-"The Unconscious," S.E.14.

-Beyond the Pleasure Principle, S.E. 18.

-"Neurosis and Psychosis," and "The Loss of Reality in Neurosis and Psychosis," S.E. 19.

-An Outline of Psychoanalysis, Chap. 8, S.E. 23.

"Nothing human is alien to me"  --Terrence

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