Time, Being, Interpretation

Term: Spring 2009

Subject Code: GPHI

Course Number: 6096

Interpretation is the central therapeutic measure of psychoanalysis, yet there has been very little reflection within psychoanalysis about its philosophical presuppositions. The course first will examine how and why interpretation arose and developed within psychoanalysis, and will look at the clinical limits of interpretation. Then it will proceed to Nietzsche and Heidegger on the metaphysical limits of interpretation, and their consequent rethinking of it. The focus will be on Heidegger, from Being and Time through the Zollikon Seminars (his most sustained encounter with psychoanalysis) and his late work on language. Can the rethinking of interpretation in relation to time and being inform the psychoanalytic practice of interpretation?

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