Freudian Psychoanalysis and/as Philosophy

Thursday 2 November 2023, 2 pm - Saturday 4 November 2023, 1 pm

This conference focuses on the question of the relation between psychoanalysis and philosophy. It does this, firstly, by reflecting on Freudian and post-Freudian metapsychology and traumatology as philosophy, that is to say, as a complex set of theories and perspectives that produces philosophical reflections on human psychic life and its cultural products, and on the fundamental characteristics of all organic life. Secondly, the conference aims to explore the importance of Freudian psychoanalysis for contemporary European philosophy, notably through contributions that explore concepts of drive, repetition, aggression, sexuality and trauma.

The conference is organized in honor and commemoration of prof. Philippe Van Haute.

THURSDAY, November 2

14.00-14.30 Coffee and opening of the conference

14.30–15.30 Arjen Kleinherenbrink (Radboud University): Dispositional subjects and clinical anthropology

15.30–16.30 Isabelle Alfandary (Sorbonne University Paris): Freud’s second thoughts: the stakes of Freud’s footnotes in two cases from Studies of Hysteria

Coffee break

16.45–17.45 Julie van der Wielen (VU Brussel): Understanding Guattari’s concept of transversality through Freud’s infantile sexuality

(Conference dinner)


FRIDAY, November 3

09.30–10.30 Wolfgang Müller-Funk (University of Vienna): Between life science and cultural analysis

10.30–11.30 Ulrike Kistner (University of Pretoria): Psychic structure and legal order as complementary series? – Tracking Freud and Kelsen tracking each other

Coffee break

11.45–12.45 Esther Hutfless (University of Vienna): Rethinking Freud’s Copernican Revolution – From the Traumatic Relationship to Nature to the More-than-Human Other

Lunch break

14.30–15.30 Céline Surprenant (Collège de France, Paris): tba

15.30–16.30 Jenny Willner (LMU Munich): Freud, Fechner and the Prehistory of the Pleasure Principle

Coffee break

16.45–17.45 Herman Westerink (Radboud University): Towards the Limits of Freudian Psychoanalysis: Reading Beyond the Pleasure Principle

17:45 Final remarks


SATURDAY, November 4

09.30–10.30 Gilles Ribault (Paris): The Primacy of the other in Freudian Thought

10.30–11.30 FRG (round table)

Coffee break

11.45–13.00 FRG (round table)

Thursday 2 November 2023, 2 pm - Saturday 4 November 2023, 1 pm
Erasmusgebouw, Room E 15.39
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Organized by Herman Westerink