Meaning and Mindedness: Encounters Between Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

Dates: October 2010 - July 2011

Venue: The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, 120 Belsize Lane, London, NW3 5BA 

What is it to have a mind? What gives our lives meaning and value?

Clinicians touch on these questions daily in their work with patients, drawing on psychological models of human nature and development. But they have also been among the central questions of philosophy from Plato and Aristotle to the present day. This innovative new series of interdisciplinary seminars aims to bring together prominent philosophers, clinicians and others with a view to deepening our understanding of these fundamental questions.

This series of monthly seminars (fee of £10 per seminar) will also be an opportunity to explore the common ground between psychoanalysis and philosophy, both by exposing clinicians to the way philosophers think about issues relevant for them, and by enabling philosophers to see how their theories might be put to use in actual work with patients.

With both disciplines passionately committed to understanding something of the truth about human nature and human living, we hope the series will be a stimulating and enlightening exchange and a creative forum for the development of new ideas and understanding.

The series is equally suited to clinicians (including those seeking Continuing Professional Development), to philosophers (including graduate students in philosophy), and to trainees.

The series is financially supported by The Wellcome Trust

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