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Amy Allen – Psychoanalysis and the Critique of Progress

September 26, 2018 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Department of Philosophy will host Amy Allenthis Friday, September 28th as part of the Concordia Philosophy Speaker Series.

Speaker: Amy Allen is Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Head of the Philosophy Department at Penn State University.

Time: Friday, September 28, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Location: Concordia Philosophy Department, 2145 Mackay St., Room S-201.

Title: Psychoanalysis and the Critique of Progress

Abstract: The talk is based on a chapter from my current book project, which explores the relationship between psychoanalysis and critical social theory, with a focus on the work of Melanie Klein. This chapter examines the tension between two different conceptions of historical progress in Freud’s work: the progressive, rationalist, pro-Enlightenment conception found primarily in Freud’s early work (his ‘official position’) and the skeptical, radical Enlightenment, anti-progressive conception that emerges in his late work (his ‘unofficial position’). I argue that Klein (like Lacan) inherits the latter conception, but that this does not mean that she denies the possibility of progress altogether.

Link: https://www.concordia.ca/content/shared/en/events/artsci/philosophy/2018/09/28/philosophy-speaker-series-amy-allen.html.

This is a free public lecture. All are welcome.

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