Birkbeck, University of London
Free - Mon 12 March 2018 | 18:00 – 20:00 GMT
Speaker: Jonathan Lear, University of Chicago
We are creatures who – some of the time, in different ways and up to a point – are aware of our own future deaths as well as of the transient nature of all things around us. Even the world can be destroyed: structures of meaning which had lent a sense of life's value to those who participated in them can decay and fall away. How does this matter? Freud thought that this one aspect of human self-awareness could function like a powerful ideology, pervasively distorting conscious experience. It would seem then that the sense of transience is not one belief among others but a psychic force that can shape a life. Are there better and worse ways to live with a sense of transience? And might there be room to think about failures of imagination – as well as imagination as a human excellence – when it comes to living with transience?
A new series of lectures on contemporary psychoanalysis, promoted by the Institute of Psychoanalysis, will take place fortnightly at the ORTUS Centre at Denmark Hill.
In addition, there is an essay competition on (broadly) the same topic, Mental Capacity: