Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 5:15pm
Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG
Colin Matthew Room
New Seminars - On Madness - Trinity Term 2018
This term's seminars focus on madness and psychotic experience (1-4) although we shall end by looking at two (of the more psychotic) phenomena of everyday life - dreams and transference (5-6).
Questions to be considered include: In what sense, if any, are delusions and dreams meaningful? In what sense are they not? What does it mean to 'live in a world of your own?' When do psychologists overstep the bounds of sense in their ambitions to make sense of psychosis? Are delusions attempts to make sense of unusual experiences? What does talk of 'mental illness' amount to? Is the idea of 'mental illness' a metaphor, literal illness, or something else? What does it mean to talk of the 'symbolism' of dreams and delusions? And what, actually, is transference?
They will last 90 minutes and consist in a presentation by the convenor followed by group discussion. The intended audience is academics, graduate students and psychotherapists with an interest in depth psychology and philosophical reflection.
Further details and suggested reading can be found here.